Articles | Volume 9, issue 12
Model evaluation paper
08 Dec 2016
Model evaluation paper |  | 08 Dec 2016

Advantages of using a fast urban boundary layer model as compared to a full mesoscale model to simulate the urban heat island of Barcelona

Markel García-Díez, Dirk Lauwaet, Hans Hooyberghs, Joan Ballester, Koen De Ridder, and Xavier Rodó


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Short summary
Here we present a comparison between two approaches to modelling the influence of the city of Barcelona over the local temperature. We show that medium-complexity models such as UrbClim are well suited for impact and adaptation studies at a city scale without high computing requirements, but that they are sensitive to the ability of the input data to represent the local wind regime.