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A Decision Support Information System for Urban Landscape Management Using Thermal Infrared DataIn this paper, we describe efforts to use remote sensing data within the purview of an information support system, to assess urban thermal landscape characteristics as a means for developing more robust models of the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect. We also present a rationale on how we have successfully translated the results from the study of urban thermal heating and cooling regimes as identified from remote sensing data, to decision-makers, planners, government officials, and the public at large in several US cities to facilitate better understanding of how the UHI affects air quality. Additionally, through the assessment of the spatial distribution of urban thermal landscape characteristics using remote sensing data, it is possible to develop strategies to mitigate the UHI that hopefully will in turn, drive down ozone levels and improve overall urban air quality. Four US cities have been the foci for intensive analysis as part of our studies: Atlanta, GA, Baton Rouge, LA, Salt Lake City, UT, and Sacramento, CA. The remote sensing data for each of these cities has been used to generate a number of products for use by "stakeholder" working groups to convey information on what the effects are of the UHI and what measures can be taken to mitigate it. In turn, these data products are used to both educate and inform policy-makers, planners, and the general public about what kinds of UHI mitigation strategies are available.
Document ID
20000090537
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Authors
Quattrochi, Dale A. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Luvall, Jeffrey C. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Rickman, Douglas L. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Estes, Maurice G., Jr. (Universities Space Research Association Huntsville, AL United States)
Laymon, Charles A. (Universities Space Research Association Huntsville, AL United States)
Howell, Burgess F. (Universities Space Research Association Huntsville, AL United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2000
Subject Category
Documentation and Information Science
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.