Urban climatology: GIS based spatial analysis of urban-rural temperature differences

Module description

The module deals with spatial temperature differences in the city and its surroundings. The aim is to recognise and investigate GIS based environmental factors that explain temperature variation in the Turku area. The original point temperature data are modelled to spatially continuous temperature surfaces with environmental GIS data and spatial modelling methods. The resulting temperature maps are compared with temperature mas produced by traditional interpolation methods.

The recommend amount of study credits for this module is 1 ECTS.

Prerequisites

The student is expected to have the following skills prior to starting this module: Basic skills in GIS and geospatial analysis methods and basic skills in statistical methods.

Required software

QGIS2.18 or ArcMap + Microsoft Excel or Libre Office + R, PSPP or SPSS.

Learning outcomes

  • Statistically analyse point temperature data
  • Analyse and understand spatial temperature differences in relation to environmental GIS data
  • Model point temperature data to spatially continuous maps in the urban-rural continuum with the help of environmental GIS data
  • Interpolate point temperature data to spatially continuous maps in the urban-rural continuum with traditional interpolation methods
  • Estimate applicability and accuracy of GIS based spatial modelling and traditional interpolation methods in urban temperature spatialisation
  • Visualise and interpret spatial variation of temperatures in the urban-rural continuum
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