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Title: Parks and the urban heat island: A longitudinal study in Westfield, Massachusetts

Author: Bristow, Robert S.; Blackie, Robert; Brown, Nicole.;

Date: 2012

Source: In: Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc; Watts, Clifton E., Jr., eds. Proceedings of the 2010 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-94. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 224-230.

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Description: Urban landscapes often have warmer temperatures than the surrounding countryside, a phenomenon known as the urban heat island (UHI) effect. This study compares and contrasts temperatures across Westfield, Massachusetts, a moderate size New England city, and considers the influence that the city’s parks and protected areas have on the local microclimate. The data show a clear urban heat island in the downtown area of Westfield and show that the urban heat island grew larger between 1993 and 2009.

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Bristow, Robert S.; Blackie, Robert; Brown, Nicole. 2012. Parks and the urban heat island: A longitudinal study in Westfield, Massachusetts. In: Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc; Watts, Clifton E., Jr., eds. Proceedings of the 2010 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-94. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 224-230.

 


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