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Investigation of the impact of anthropogenic heat flux within an urban land surface model and PILPS-urban

Best, M. J. and Grimmond, C. S. B. ORCID: (2016) Investigation of the impact of anthropogenic heat flux within an urban land surface model and PILPS-urban. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 126 (1). pp. 51-60. ISSN 0177-798X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/s00704-015-1554-3


Results from the first international urban model comparison experiment (PILPS-Urban) suggested that models which neglected the anthropogenic heat flux within the surface energy balance performed at least as well as models that include the source term, but this could not be explained. The analyses undertaken show that the results from PILPS-Urban were masked by the signal from including vegetation, which was identified in PILPS-Urban as being important. Including the anthropogenic heat flux does give improved performance, but the benefit is small for the site studied given the relatively small magnitude of this flux relative to other terms in the surface energy balance. However, there is no further benefit from including temporal variations in the flux at this site. The importance is expected to increase at sites with a larger anthropogenic heat flux and greater temporal variations.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:51975
Uncontrolled Keywords:Anthropogenic heat; JULES; Surface energy balance; Urban environment


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