Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 255–263

Relative influence of vegetation on urban energy budgets and surface temperatures

  • Werner H. Terjung
  • Patricia A. O'Rourke
Research Note

DOI: 10.1007/BF02033943

Cite this article as:
Terjung, W.H. & O'Rourke, P.A. Boundary-Layer Meteorol (1981) 21: 255. doi:10.1007/BF02033943


Two deterministic models were combined: one for canopy leaf energy budgets and one for street canyon energy budgets. The effects of street parks and roof gardens in contrast to non-vegetated city blocks were examined by the use of four typical urban morphologies, which were exposed latitudinally to summer and winter simulations. A variety of increases and decreases in shortwave radiation, net radiation, sensible heat flux, and system reradiation resulted. These changes appear to represent the generalized limits of the possible responses to the addition of vegetation to non-vegetated city blocks.

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© D. Reidel Publishing Co. 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Werner H. Terjung
    • 1
  • Patricia A. O'Rourke
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeographyCalifornia State UniversityNorthridgeUSA

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