Urban Heat Island Effect In Japan


By Paul Homewood



It is worth taking a closer look at a paper I briefly referenced to earlier today, regarding UHI in Japan.



Urban warming in Japanese cities and its relation to climate change monitoring

Fumiaki Fujibe 

April 2010


This article briefly reviews urban warming studies in Japan, where many of the stations established by the beginning of the 20th century are located in cities that have undergone rapid industrialization. The recorded rate of temperature increase is a few degrees per century in large cities and tends to be larger at night than during the daytime. In some cities, the increase in annual extreme minimum temperature exceeds 10 °C century−1. On the other hand, recent numerical studies have revealed widespread urban warming around Tokyo and other megacities during afternoons of the warm season as a result of extensive urbanization that enhances daytime…

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