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The Chinese demonstrate that UHI has a real and essential effect on regional climate change

May 13, 2013

Watts Up With That?

Study finds that urbanization has considerable influence on the regional climate change, they even blame proximity to air-conditioning as a factor.

Press release from Science China Press (full paper follows)

Urbanization and surface warming in eastern China

A recent study indicated that the urbanization in eastern China has significant impact on the observed surface warming and the temporal-spatial variations of urbanization effect have been comprehensively detected.

This work was led by YANG XiuQun, professor of meteorology in the Institute for Climate and Global Change Research, School of Atmospheric Sciences at Nanjing University. The article entitled “Urbanization and heterogeneous surface warming in eastern China” was published in Chinese Science Bulletin, 2013, No. 12.

Urbanization, as one of the most significant processes in land use/cover change, can not only alter surface vegetation distribution, but also affect surface energy and water balance. Some previous studies indicated that urbanization has little impact on…

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