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11 Feb 2011
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This discussion paper is a preprint. It has been under review for the journal Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (AMT). The manuscript was not accepted for further review after discussion.
A new approach for highly resolved air temperature measurements in urban areas
M. Buttstädt1,2, T. Sachsen1,2, G. Ketzler2, H. Merbitz1,2, and C. Schneider2 1Human Technology Centre, City2020+, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
2Department of Geography, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Abstract. In different fields of applied local climate investigation, highly resolved data of air temperature are of great importance. As a part of the research programme entitled City2020+, which deals with future climate conditions in agglomerations, this study focuses on increasing the quantity of urban air temperature data intended for the analysis of their spatial distribution. A new measurement approach using local transport buses as "riding thermometers" is presented. By this means, temperature data with a very high temporal and spatial resolution could be collected during scheduled bus rides. The data obtained provide the basis for the identification of thermally affected areas and for the investigation of factors in urban structure which influence the thermal conditions. Initial results from the ongoing study, which show the temperature distribution along different traverses through the city of Aachen, are presented.

Citation: Buttstädt, M., Sachsen, T., Ketzler, G., Merbitz, H., and Schneider, C.: A new approach for highly resolved air temperature measurements in urban areas, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss.,, 2011.
M. Buttstädt et al.
M. Buttstädt et al.


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