Urban heat island map
Urban heat island map

Urban Heat Island Analysis

Tracking hotspots in overheated cities

The Urban Heat Island (UHI) phenomenon affects the health of residents and energy consumption

UHI phenomenon is an obvious consequence of urbanisation processes and is associated with an increase in temperature in urbanised areas compared to rural areas. This phenomenon results in an increase in energy consumption, intensification of air pollution levels, reduction of thermal comfort for city residents, and a higher probability of rapid urban stormwater.

Heatwaves, one of the most dangerous weather extremes, are exacerbated by the UHI phenomenon and increase the risk of sudden death or hospitalisation in cities.

Our analysis based on satellite data and AI algorithms allows for accurate tracking of overheated urban spaces in an area of interest (AOI) and the selection of countermeasures to mitigate the urban microclimate.

Possible areas for improving conditions in the city

  • Reduction of the health-related risk for residents by decreasing the excessive temperature and pollution levels

  • Reduction of energy consumption

  • Improvement of thermal comfort in the AOI

Scientific basis

  • T. Oke ( 1973) City Size and the Urban Heat Island

  • C.S Holing (1973) Resilience and Stability of Ecological Systems

  • H. Landsberg (1981) The urban Climate

  • J. A. Sobrino, N. Raissouni (2010) Toward remote sensing methods for land cover dynamic monitoring: Application to Morocco

  • T. Oke (2017) Urban Climates

  • D. Zhou, J. Xiao, S. Bonafoni, C. Berger, K. Deilami, Y. Zhou, S. Frolking, R. Yao, Z. Qiao, J. A. Sobrino (2018) Satellite Remote Sensing of Surface Urban HeatIslands: Progress, Challenges, and Perspectives

  • Anenberg, S.C., Haines, S., Wang, E. et al. (2020)Synergistic health effects of air pollution, temperature, and pollen exposure: a systematic review of epidemiological evidence. Environ Health 19, 130 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12940-020-00681-z
    "Exposure to heat, air pollution, and pollen are associated with health outcomes, including cardiovascular and respiratory disease."

What do we offer?

  • Urban Heat Island (UHI) phenomenon analysis with EO data, data science, and AI algorithms

  • Data-based insights to track the most problematic urban morphology

  • EO data-based Monitoring of the surface UHI phenomenon

Final product

  • A detailed report about overheated urban surfaces

  • Analyses in the form of interactive web service

  • Problem-profiled countermeasures and ways counteract negative phenomena