Richmond's Urban Heat Island
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This page first made public: Mar 7, 2008
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Also, if your students have no prior experience with MS excel, guiding them through a quick tutorial is advisable.
The first thing students will do in the exercise is report on some important causes of the UHI. Then, they will examine two real-world sites via photographs and Google Earth to discuss how each location's land use/land cover may affect local temperatures. Next, students will analyze data acquired at each site using MS excel. After that, students will be asked to think about potential impacts of the UHI. The exercise ends with a critical thinking exercise asking students to devise and evaluate strategies to communicate scientific knowledge to non-science professionals.
Has minimal/no quantitative component. Uses geophysics to solve problems in other fields.
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- Activity Description/Assignment (Microsoft Word 480kB Mar7 08)
- Solution Set (Microsoft Word 491kB Mar7 08)
- Data set (Excel 25kB Mar7 08)