Dynamic and Heterogeneity of Urban Heat Island: A Theoretical Framework in the Context of Urban Ecology

Mokhtari, Zahra, Barghjelveh, Shahindokht, Sayahnia, Romina, Qureshi, Salman and Russo, Alessio ORCID: 0000-0002-0073-7243 (2022) Dynamic and Heterogeneity of Urban Heat Island: A Theoretical Framework in the Context of Urban Ecology. Land, 11 (8). Art 1155. doi:10.3390/land11081155

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The dynamic and heterogeneity of the urban heat island (UHI) is the result of the interactions between biotic, physical, social, and built components. Urban ecology as a transdisciplinary science can provide a context to understand the complex social–biophysical issues such as the thermal environment in cities. This study aimed at developing a theoretical framework to elucidate the interactions between the social–biophysical patterns and processes mediating UHI. To do it, we conducted a theoretical review to delineate UHI complexity using the concept of dynamic heterogeneity of pattern, process, and function in UHI phenomenon. Furthermore, a hypothetical heterogeneity spiral (i.e., driver-outcome spiral) related to the UHI was conceived as a model template. The adopted theoretical framework can provide a holistic vision of the UHI, contributing to a better understanding of UHI’s spatial variations in long-term studies. Through the developed framework, we can devise appropriate methodological approaches (i.e., statistic-based techniques) to develop prediction models of UHI’s spatial heterogeneity.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Ecosystem Services III
Uncontrolled Keywords: process-based approach; transdisciplinary research; theoretical review; urban heat island mitigation; social–biophysical interaction; compositional and configurational heterogeneity
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S900 Conservation of natural resources including land conservation
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2022 14:40
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2023 15:54
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/11424

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