Open Access The Influence of green areas and roof albedos on air temperatures during Extreme Heat Events in Berlin, Germany

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The mesoscale atmospheric model COSMO-CLM (CCLM) with the Double Canyon Effect Parametrization Scheme (DCEP) is applied to investigate possible adaption measures to extreme heat events (EHEs) for the city of Berlin, Germany. The emphasis is on the effects of a modified urban vegetation cover and roof albedo on near-surface air temperatures. Five EHEs with a duration of 5 days or more are identified for the period 2000 to 2009. A reference simulation is carried out for each EHE with current vegetation cover, roof albedo and urban canopy parameters (UCPs), and is evaluated with temperature observations from weather stations in Berlin and its surroundings. The derivation of the UCPs from an impervious surface map and a 3-D building data set is detailed. Characteristics of the simulated urban heat island for each EHE are analysed in terms of these UCPs. In addition, six sensitivity runs are examined with a modified vegetation cover of each urban grid cell by –25%, 5% and 15%, with a roof albedo increased to 0.40 and 0.65, and with a combination of the largest vegetation cover and roof albedo, respectively. At the weather stations' grid cells, the results show a maximum of the average diurnal change in air temperature during each EHE of 0.82 K and –0.48 K for the –25% and 15% vegetation covers, –0.50 K for the roof albedos of 0.65, and –0.63 K for the combined vegetation and albedo case. The largest effects on the air temperature are detected during midday.

Keywords: ADAPTATION; EXTREME HEAT EVENTS; MESOSCALE MODELLING; URBAN HEAT ISLAND

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1127/0941-2948/2013/0393

Publication date: April 1, 2013

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