Impacts of Future Urban Expansion on Regional Climate in the Northeast Megalopolis, USAReport as inadecuate

Impacts of Future Urban Expansion on Regional Climate in the Northeast Megalopolis, USA - Download this document for free, or read online. Document in PDF available to download.

Advances in MeteorologyVolume 2013 2013, Article ID 362925, 10 pages

Research Article

School of Mathematics and Physics, China University of Geosciences Wuhan, Wuhan 430074, China

Institute of Geographic Science and Natural Resource Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China

Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China

Received 21 June 2013; Accepted 14 August 2013

Academic Editor: Xiangzheng Deng

Copyright © 2013 Yingzhi Lin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In this paper, evidences for influences of future urban expansion on regional climate in the Northeast megalopolis, USA, are presented. The model-based analysis shows that future urban expansion will significantly result in regional climate change. An average annual temperature increase ranging from 2°C to 5°C in new urban area and an average annual temperature decrease ranging from 0.40°C to 1.20°C in the south of the megalopolis will be caused by future urban expansion. The average annual precipitation of the simulation area will decrease due to future urban expansion by 5.75 mm, 7.10 mm, and 8.35 mm in the periods of 2010–2020, 2040–2050, and 2090–2100, respectively. The warming effect of future urban expansion in original and new urban area and drought effects in nonurban area will be more serious in summer than in winter. A cooling effect will turn up in original urban area in winter. This research further shows that a study at the scale of megalopolis helps to understand the integrated effect of combination and interaction of multiple cities and their surrounding areas which may crucially determine regional climate pattern and should be highly valued in the future.

Author: Yingzhi Lin, Anping Liu, Enjun Ma, Xing Li, and Qingling Shi



Related documents