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Urban Signatures: Latent Heat Flux (WMS)

Big cities influence the environment around them. For example, urban areas are typically warmer than their surroundings. Cities are strikingly visible in computer models that simulate the Earth's land surface. This visualization shows latent heat flux predicted by the Land Information System (LIS) for a day in June 2001. (Latent heat flux refers to the transfer of energy from the Earth's surface to the air above by evaporation of water on the surface; for a more detailed explanation see Latent heat flux is lower in the cities because there is less evaporation there. Only part of the global computation is shown, focusing on the highly urbanized northeast corridor in the United States, including the cities of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington.

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Jeff de La Beaujardiere (NASA): Lead Animator
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Data Used:
LIS/Latent Heat Flux
Model - 2001/06/11
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Land Information System

DLESE >> Human geography
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Radiation >> Heat Flux
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Terrestrial Ecosystems >> Urban Lands
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Human Dimensions >> Environmental Impacts >> Urbanization
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Land Surface >> Land Temperature >> Land Surface Temperature
GCMD >> Location >> United States Of America
NASA Science >> Earth

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