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In Situ Air Temperature and Humidity Measurements Over Diverse Land Covers in Greenbelt, Maryland, November 2013-November 2015As our climate changes through time there is an ever-increasing need to quantify how and where it is changing so that mitigation strategies can be implemented. Urban areas have a disproportionate amount of warming due, in part, to the conductive properties of concrete and asphalt surfaces, surface albedo, heat capacity, lack of water, etc. that make up an urban environment. The NASA Climate Adaptation Science Investigation working group at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, conducted a study to collect temperature and humidity data at 15 min intervals from 12 sites at the center. These sites represent the major surface types at the center: asphalt, building roof, grass field, forest, and rain garden. The data show a strong distinction in the thermal properties of these surfaces at the center and the difference between the average values for the center compared to a local meteorological station. The data have been submitted to Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center (ORNL-DAAC) for archival in comma separated value (csv) file format (Carroll et al.,2016) and can be found by following this link:
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Reprint (Version printed in journal)
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Carroll, Mark L.
(Science Systems and Applications, Inc. Lanham, MD, United States)
Brown, Molly E.
(Maryland Univ. College Park, MD, United States)
Wooten, Margaret R.
(Science Systems and Applications, Inc. Lanham, MD, United States)
Donham, Joel E.
(Maryland Univ. College Park, MD, United States)
Hubbard, Alfred B.
(Science Systems and Applications, Inc. Lanham, MD, United States)
Ridenhour, William B.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Date Acquired
July 17, 2017
Publication Date
September 19, 2016
Publication Information
Publication: Earth System Science Data
Volume: 8
Issue: 2
ISSN: 1866-3508
Subject Category
Statistics And Probability
Meteorology And Climatology
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