1. Urban Heat Island

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Today’s lesson:
Define urban micro-climate and urban heat island.
Describe the differences between urban and rural
climatic environments.
Identify the causes of UHI’s and locate their
characteristics within Hong Kong.
What are micro-climates?
Predict the differences between urban
micro-climates and rural
environments:
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Insolation (incoming solar radiation) / light
Temperature
Wind
Humidity
Precipitation
Cloudiness / Fog
NOW USE THE GEO-FACTSHEET TO DESCRIBE
THE DIFFERENCES
Why do these differences occur?
Define urban heat island:
Predict the temperature data for this
urban transect…
Read the 2 articles on the Hong Kong
heat-island effect…
• Which areas of HK are warmest?
• What figures can you use to support this
claim?
• What are the reasons for this? Are they
because of structures or human activity?
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