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Author(s): Balkestahl, Licínia
Monteiro, Ana
Góis, Joaquim
Taesler, Roger
Quénol, Hervé
Title: The influence of weather types on the urban heat island’s magnitude and patterns at Paranhos, Oporto : a case study from November 2003 to January 2005
Publisher: Göteborg : Urban Climate Group
Issue Date: 2006
Abstract: Oporto is a medium size city on the NW coast of Portugal with approximately 300 000 inhabitants that has experienced an intense urbanization process especially after 1970. Results from daily field work from November 2003 to January 2005 show several different thermal nocturnal pattern in Paranhos, Oporto, some of which we conclude can easily be related to different weather types. Our main purpose is to demonstrate the diversity of Oporto’s climatic subsystem resolution processes under generically similar weather types, as found during our period of itinerant measurements. Our research underlines the idea that the latitude, the strength of the winds from west, the Douro’s river presence and the altimetric diversity are not sufficient to erase the influence of urban metabolism on the energy city balance. From the analysis of the various examples selected, it is possible to state that there is a significant relationship between the weather type and the magnitude and pattern of the “urban heat islands”. The “urban heat-island” was specially evident on days of strong stability, weak barometric gradient, weak wind and frequent periods of calm, conditions normally associated with the presence of anticyclonic situations, but which we have found also under the influence of cyclonic weather types. We conclude however that it is not absolutely true that the “urban heat-island” is weaker under cyclonic than anticyclonic weather types. On the majority of the days with cyclonic weather and good mixing conditions we frequently verified a disturbance in the explicatory capacity of the two geographic factors considered - distance from the sea and altitude (...)
Subject: Climatologia
Clima - Porto (Portugal)
Ambiente urbano - Porto (Portugal)
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Article/Chapter/Supplement: International Conference on urban climate, 2006
Document Type: Artigo em Livro de Atas de Conferência Internacional
Rights: openAccess
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