The study examined the association between urban form at the level of the metropolitan region and the frequency of extreme heat events over a five-decade period. It found that the rate of increase in the annual number of extreme heat events between 1956 and 2005 in the most sprawling metropolitan regions was more than double the rate of increase observed in the most compact metropolitan regions.
Stone, Brian, Hess, Jeremey, and Frumkin, Howard. Urban Form and Extreme Heat Events: Are Sprawling Cities More Vulnerable to Climate Change than Sprawling Cities? Enviromental Health Perspectives 118:1425–1428 (2010). doi:10.1289/ehp.0901879
Source: Environmental Health Perspectives
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