A new estimation of urbanization’s contribution to the warming trend in China

Wang, Fang, Ge, Quansheng, Wang, Shaowu, Li, Qingxiang and Jones, Philip D. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5032-5493 (2015) A new estimation of urbanization’s contribution to the warming trend in China. Journal of Climate, 28 (22). 8923–8938. ISSN 0894-8755

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The extent to which an urbanization effect has contributed to climate warming is under debate in China. Some previous studies have shown that the urban heat island (UHI) contribution to national warming was substantial (10%–40%). However, by considering the spatial scale of urbanization effects, this study indicates that the UHI contribution is negligible (less than 1%). Urban areas constitute only 0.7% of the whole of China. According to the proportions of urban and rural areas used in this study, the weighted urban and rural temperature averages reduced the estimated total warming trend and also reduced the estimated urban effects. Conversely, if all stations were arithmetically averaged, that is, without weighting, the total warming trend and urban effects will be overestimated as in previous studies because there are more urban stations than rural stations in China. Moreover, the urban station proportion (68%) is much higher than the urban area proportion (0.7%).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: heat islands,surface observations,time series
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Climatic Research Unit
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2015 17:00
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2023 12:13
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/55619
DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00427.1

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