Advances in Environmental and Engineering Research (AEER) is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. This periodical is devoted to publishing high-quality peer-reviewed papers that describe the most significant and cutting-edge research in all areas of environmental science and engineering. Work at any scale, from molecular biology through to ecology, is welcomed.

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Special Issue

Urban Heat Island Effect

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2022 (Closed) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Anthony Brazel, PhD

Emeritus Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA;

Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA;

Urban Climate Research Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-5302, USA

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Research interests: Physical geography; climatology; urban systems; climate change and adaptation; atmospheric processes; climate change and adaptation impacts; microclimate; urban climate; climate ecosystem; urban heat island; urban environments; regional climate change; sustainability

About This Topic

The “Urban Heat Island Effect” is the tendency of urban areas to experience higher temperatures compared to their rural environs within the scales of the surface, canopy layer to the urban boundary layer. This phenomenon is mainly due to specific characteristics of the urban landscape, including building density, size and orientation, open space configuration, the use of heat absorbing construction materials, and anthropogenic emissions. Determining the factors that contribute to UHI spatio-temporal development and how to address, mitigate, and adapt to urban climate have gained special attention from the perspective of climatology, environmental sciences, engineering, material design, building design, energy fuels, medicine, urban planning, and urban design. There remain many gaps in our scientific knowledge and this special issue would especially encourage, but not restrict, submissions to: the urban effect on precipitation, observations made within the canopy and Mixed Layer of the urban boundary layer, approaches to consistent physically-based descriptions of urban landscapes, and analyses of especially rapidly growing cities such as in the tropics.

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Open Access Concept Paper

Nexus Between Heat and Air Pollution in Urban Areas and the Role of Resilience Planning in Mitigating These Threats

Received: 14 February 2023;  Published: 17 October 2023;  doi: 10.21926/aeer.2304047


Urban heat island (UHI) effects are evident in many cities globally. Studies have revealed that UHI impacts air pollution and vice versa. However, it is observed that these two severe problems are addressed independently instead of interrelatedly. The study seeks to provide an in-depth understanding of the relationship between air pollution [...]
Open Access Opinion

Experience with Active Learning: The Charleston, SC, USA Urban Heat Island Effect

Received: 11 February 2022;  Published: 07 May 2022;  doi: 10.21926/aeer.2202020


The urban heat island (UHI) effect is not well understood, especially within the cityscape. This editorial is from the perspective of an undergraduate student Cadet Emma Larsen, as she comes to understand the UHI through mentorship from professors Simon Ghanat and Scott Curtis, personal experiences as a cadet at a military academy in Charlesto [...]
Open Access Original Research

Degree-hours and Degree-days in Coastal Mediterranean Cities, Patras and Kalamata, Greece

Received: 04 September 2021;  Published: 06 December 2021;  doi: 10.21926/aeer.2104032


The hourly ambient air temperature information was analyzed for two Greek coastal Mediterranean cities: Patras (for the entire 2018 year) with ten urban and one rural stations, and Kalamata (for the entire 2019 and 2020 years) with eight urban and two rural stations. The heating and cooling Degree Hours (DH) and Degree Days (DD [...]