is the first full synthesis of modern scientific and applied research on urban climates. The book begins with an outline of what constitutes an urban ecosystem. It develops a comprehensive terminology for the subject using scale and surface classification as key constructs. It explains the physical principles governing the creation of distinct urban climates, such as airflow around buildings, the heat island, precipitation modification and air pollution, and it then illustrates how this knowledge can be applied to moderate the undesirable consequences of urban development and help create more sustainable and resilient cities. With urban climate science now a fully-fledged field, this timely book fulfills the need to bring together the disparate parts of climate research on cities into a coherent framework. It is an ideal resource for students and researchers in fields such as climatology, urban hydrology, air quality, environmental engineering and urban design. 'This is a very important book for anyone interested in understanding the climates of cities - their characteristics, controls, causes and implications. Comprehensive, clearly written, richly illustrated, and with broad ranging examples and well documented sources of data, this is a book that should be read by researchers, students and practitioners interested in the urban environment, urban planning and design, and smart cities. Its presentation makes it accessible, valuable and insightful, to those new to the field as well as established experts. This book will be a classic reference that will stand up to being read many times.' Sue Grimmond, University of Reading 'As an architect and urban planner, I find this scientific text by Oke et al. to be comprehensive, insightful and useful for my next project. It makes my job designing healthy and resilient cities much easier. It is a must for those who care about the future of our cities.' Edward Ng, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 'Because the proportion of the world's population living in urban areas is expected to approach 65-70% by 2050, it is urgent and timely to gain a comprehensive understanding of '... physical mechanisms underlying the workings of urban atmospheres... (Preface)'. The four authors, all world renowned physical geographers and urban climatologists, have created the ultimate book on urban climate for gaining this understanding, meant primarily for upper undergraduate and beginning graduate levels and for those in other related fields, such as urban hydrology, air quality
Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Concepts; 3. Methods; 4. Airflow; 5. Radiation; 6. Energy balance; 7. Urban heat island; 8. Water; 9. Atmospheric moisture; 10. Clouds and precipitation; 11. Air pollution; 12. Geographical controls; 13. Cities and global climate change; 14. Climates of humans; 15. Climate-sensitive design; Epilogue; Appendix 1. History of urban climatology; Appendix 2. Site codes and data sources; Appendix 3. Glossary and acronyms; References; Subject index; Geographical Index.