EGU General Assembly 2022
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Urban heat island estimation from crowdsensing thermometers embedded in personal cars

Eva Marques1, Valery Masson1, Philippe Naveau2, Olivier Mestre1,3, Vincent Dubreuil4, and Yves Richard5
Eva Marques et al.
  • 1Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques, Toulouse, France (
  • 2Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement, Paris, France
  • 3Météo-France, Toulouse, France
  • 4LETG-Rennes, UMR-6554-CNRS, Université de Rennes 2, Rennes, France
  • 5CRC-Biogéosciences, UMR-6282-CNRS, Université de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Dijon, France

An ever-growing portion of population lives in urban areas. Cities are expanding quickly and consequently, the urban heat island effect has become a major health concern to maintain city dwellers’ thermal comfort. For this reason, city planners want to access urban meteorological databases in local areas where specific attention is needed. With the growth of connected devices, it is possible to collect unusual but massive temperature measurements from people’s activities. In this article, we study temperatures measured by thermometers embedded in everyday personal cars. To assess the quality of such opportunistic data, we first detect factors deteriorating the measurement. After pre-processing, the measurement error is then estimated thanks to two weather station networks providing a local-scale reference through Dijon and Rennes cities, France. The overall aggregation of private car temperature measurements allows to estimate very precisely the urban heat island at a 200m resolution. We detect the cooling effect of parks in Rennes and Paris urban areas. In Barcelona and Dijon, we observe the impact of regional environments and the orographic effect on the urban heat island. With our method, similar maps can be made accessible to every interested city in western Europe to target critical areas and support urban planning decisions.

How to cite: Marques, E., Masson, V., Naveau, P., Mestre, O., Dubreuil, V., and Richard, Y.: Urban heat island estimation from crowdsensing thermometers embedded in personal cars, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-1802,, 2022.