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Title: Object-core oriented data modelling for tracking of behaviors of urban heat Islands
Authors: Zhu, R 
Guilbert, E
Wong, MS 
Keywords: Database management system
Geographical information science
Remote sensing
Spatiotemporal data modeling
Urban heat Islands
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Copernicus GmbH
Source: International archives of the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences, 2018, v. 42, no. 4, p. 143-149 How to cite?
Journal: International archives of the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences 
Abstract: Modeling thematic and spatial dynamic behaviors of Urban Heat Islands (UHIs) over time is crucial to understand the evolution of this phenomenon and the city micro-climate. Previous studies conceptualized that a UHI can only have a single life period with spatial behaviors (i.e. areal changes and topological transformations). However, a UHI can also appear and disappear periodically several times expressed by thematic and spatial integrated behaviors, which has not been established yet. Thus, this study conceptualizes each UHI as an object which has thematic and spatial behaviors simultaneously and proposes several graphs to depict periodic life-time transitions triggered by the behaviors. The model was implemented in an object-relational database, and air temperatures collected from a number of weather stations were interpolated as temperature images each hour for six weeks. Results indicated that the model could track the spatial and thematic evolution of UHIs through continuous time effectively, and also revealed the periodical patterns and abnormal cases of UHIs over a city.
ISSN: 1682-1750
EISSN: 2194-9034
DOI: 10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-4-763-2018
Rights: © Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
The following publication: Zhu, R., Guilbert, E., and Wong, M. S.: OBJECT-CORE ORIENTED DATA MODELLING FOR TRACKING OF BEHAVIORS OF URBAN HEAT ISLANDS, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-4, 763-770 is available at
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