|Title||Combined effects of impervious surface and vegetation cover on air temperature variations in a rapidly expanding desert city|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Authors||Myint S.W, Brazel A.J, Okin GS, Buyantuyev A.|
|Journal||GIScience & Remote Sensing|
|Keywords||air temperature, desert city, remote sensing, surface cover, vegetation cover|
The goal of this study is to improve our understanding of the interactive function of impervious and vegetation covers at different levels of the local and intra-urban spatial scales in relation to air temperatures in an urban environment. A multiple regression model was developed using impervious and vegetation fractions at different scales to predict maximum air temperature for the entire Phoenix metropolitan area in Arizona, USA. This study demonstrates that a small amount of impervious cover in a desert city can still increase maximum air temperature despite abundant vegetation cover.