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Temperature Rise In Urban Centres

Global Warming
Global Warming

Land use, increase anthropogenic pressures, human activities have caused the ‘Heat Island Effect’ in major parts of India causing a rise in temperature by 1 degree in the past 17 years, the information backed by researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

The study was published by the institute on February 7th, 2020.  When a metropolitan area experiences a higher temperature than the surrounding rural area, then it is called Urban Heat Island or UHI. The phenomenon caused an increase in the heat island effect due to the presence of concrete buildings, vehicle exhausts, constructions, and the effect has been noticed in at least 44 different locations in India, each having a population of over a million between 2001 and 2017. Major cities facing the issue are Kolkata, Pune, Guwahati, Delhi, and Jaipur.

A worker in Kolkata
A worker in Kolkata
Arun Chakraborty
Arun Chakraborty

The difference in temperature between cities and the outskirts areas gives the measurement of SUHII. The primary reason behind this effect is said to be the blocking of air passage and wind channels by haphazard development and aerosols in the air. At night, the heat isn’t allowed to radiate. The accumulated heat results in an increase in temperature. 

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