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Yansen Wang, Cheryl L. Klipp, Dennis M. Garvey, David A. Ligon, Chatt C. Williamson, Sam S. Chang, Rob K. Newsom, and Ronald Calhoun

strong shear regions near building surfaces. The large percentage of asphalt, concrete, and other man-made materials creates heterogeneous nonpermeable surfaces with different heat capacities and radiative properties. Thermal property and surface moisture contrasts between the urban area and the surrounding countryside can produce substantial temperature differences, resulting in an urban heat island effect. This effect was noted several decades ago ( Bornstein 1968 ; Oke 1976 ) and continues to be

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