Concrete, asphalt, and other surfaces in urban
areas absorb heat from the sun and re-radiate it. This creates what
is known as a “heat island.” Urban areas tend to be 5-9 degrees
warmer than surrounding rural areas because of this phenomenon.
Use the links below to research information
about heat island. As you conduct your research, evaluate the source
of the information. What bias might it have? Is it primary research
or does it restate someone else's research?
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Heat Island Effect
Planet Power - Energy and the Environment
NASA - Welcome to the Thunder Dome
NASA - Here Comes Urban Heat
Type the following into a search engine to explore other
possible sources of information about your issue
heat island + trees
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