Temperature Measurements with Local Transport Busses


Urban Temperature Distribution and Detection of Influencing Factors in Urban Structure

Heat Stress in Cities

In the future, agglomerations will be strongly impacted by more frequent heat stress situations due to increasing temperatures in the course of climate change. Surface sealing, anthropogenic heat release and building structures lead to distinctive urban heat island effect.

Our Temperature Measurements With Local Transport Busses

In order to analyse the connection between urban structures and the distribution of air temperature in a high spatial resolution, public transport busses were provided with temperature data loggers. The identification of influencnig factors was carried out by means of attributing geographical characteristics to a large number of predetermined measuring points along green spaces are taken into consideration. By mapping the collected data, differences in the thermal structure of the city are shown. Due to the fact that residents of particularly thermally affected districts are more exposed to health risks, those areas were analyzed in more detail.

In the framework of the interdisciplinary project "City 2020+", this study complements previous works dealing with the supply of urban areas with cold and clean air and changing heat wave situations due to anthropogenic climate change. Moreover, simultaneously conducted studies dealt with social network analysis, heat adaption strategies for the elderly, indoor-climate, medical issues and air quality conditions were incoporated. Based on the findings of this project and in collaboration with the other project members, adaption strategies and urban planning measures were developed.

Funding The project "Temerature Measurements with Local Transport Busses 2020+" is part of the City 2020+ project within the interdisciplinary project house HumTec (human Sciences and Technology) at RWTH Aachen University funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and stste governments.
  • Mareike Buttstädt M.A.
  • Dr. Gunnar Ketzler
  • Dr. Hendrik Merbitz
  • Dr. Timo Sachsen
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Schneider
Cooperation Aseag (de)