Latest Microclimate Stories
Butterflies are extremely sensitive to changes in temperature and new research has revealed that when summer weather turns bad the silver-spotted skipper battles for survival.
Speaking at the URSULA (Urban River Corridors and Sustainable Living Agendas) Conference, in Sheffield, Dr Abigail Hathway, of the University of Sheffield, will demonstrate how rivers can cool their local environment.
A microclimate is a local atmospheric zone where the climate differs from surrounding areas. This term may refer to areas as small as a few square feet, or as large as many square miles. Common areas where microclimates exist are, for example, near bodies of water where the water can cool the local atmosphere and dense urban areas where brick, asphalt, and concrete absorb the sun's energy, heat up, and reradiate the heat into the air. The latter produces what is known as an urban heat island,...
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