Viewpoint : The 'heat island' effect and estimates of the temperature of Britain

Symmons, Philip

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The world has become warmer in recent times, especially so during the past half century. Warming is best measured by estimating the change in the near-surface global mean-annual temperature, which over land usually is derived from observations of the daily maximum and minimum temperatures. Land is divided into blocks and the mean for a block is obtained from the returns of observing stations within that block (Jones and Moberg, 2003). However, the temperature recorded at a station may be affected by the ‘heat island’ created by a city. The aim of this note is to determine whether or not the effect is significant for Britain – the aim is not to decide how its magnitude might be determined.

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