Intra urban air temperature distributions in historic urban center

Jamei, Elmira and Ossen, Dilshan Remaz 2012, Intra urban air temperature distributions in historic urban center, American journal of environmental sciences, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 503-509, doi: 10.3844/ajessp.2012.503.509.

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Title Intra urban air temperature distributions in historic urban center
Author(s) Jamei, Elmira
Ossen, Dilshan Remaz
Journal name American journal of environmental sciences
Volume number 8
Issue number 5
Start page 503
End page 509
Total pages 7
Publisher Science Publications
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2012-05-01
ISSN 1553-345X
Keyword(s) heritage area
intra-urban temperature
heat index
tropical climate
mobile traverse
Summary The study investigates the urban heat island effect in Malaysian historic town Malacca through seven mobile traverses, as carried out on 10 December 2011. It aims to identify the intra-urban air temperature differences between heritage core zone, new development area and outskirts of the city. Air temperature variations were also analyzed across three different zones; namely the outskirts, the heritage site and the city center district. Heat index values were then calculated based on air temperature and relative humidity to gauge the level of outdoor thermal comfort within the study area. Based on the indications, one may conclude that the heritage place’s core zone is currently threatened by escalating temperatures and that its current temperature range falls within the “caution” and “extreme caution” categories. Furthermore, no significant difference was observed between the peak temperatures of the old city quarters and newer areas; despite the disparities in their urban forms. Therefore, it is hoped that the study, with its implications, will be able to influence future environmental consideration in heritage city of Melaka.
Language eng
DOI 10.3844/ajessp.2012.503.509
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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