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Spatio-Temporal Trends of Urban Heat Island and Surface Temperature in Izmir, Turkey
American Journal of Remote Sensing
Volume 5, Issue 3, June 2017, Pages: 24-29
Received: Nov. 16, 2017; Accepted: Nov. 24, 2017; Published: Dec. 24, 2017
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Doğukan Doğu Yavaşlı, Department of Geography, Ahi Evran University, Kirsehir, Turkey
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The distinct characteristics of urban and non-urban land cover usually results with a positive difference in surface temperatures and is referred to as the urban heat island (UHI) phenomenon. This paper assesses the spatio-temporal formation of UHI and land surface temperatures (LSTs) in Izmir, Turkey, situated in a Mediterranean climate region. LSTs were obtained from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Aqua and Terra over the period 2000 – 2015. UHI intensity was examined using the temperature differences between urban and non-urban areas and non-parametric Mann-Kendall (M-K) test to identify trends in LSTs and UHI intensity. The results indicate that day-time UHI is higher at Izmir with a seasonal variation. M-K test of LSTs shows increasing trends in nighttime temperatures for both urban and non-urban areas especially for winter and spring.
Urban Heat Island, Land Surface Temperature, MODIS
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Doğukan Doğu Yavaşlı, Spatio-Temporal Trends of Urban Heat Island and Surface Temperature in Izmir, Turkey, American Journal of Remote Sensing. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2017, pp. 24-29. doi: 10.11648/j.ajrs.20170503.11
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