1Science Systems and Applications Inc, Lanham, MD, USA
2NASA-GSFC Biospheric Sciences Lab, Greenbelt, MD, USA
3Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland,
College Park, MD, USA
4NASA-GSFC Medical and Environmental
Management Division, Greenbelt, MD, USA
5NASA-GSFC Engineering and
Construction Branch, Greenbelt, MD, USA
Received: 19 Apr 2016 – Discussion started: 01 Jun 2016
Abstract. As our climate changes through time there is an ever-increasing need to quantify how and where it is changing so that mitigation strategies can be implemented. Urban areas have a disproportionate amount of warming due, in part, to the conductive properties of concrete and asphalt surfaces, surface albedo, heat capacity, lack of water, etc. that make up an urban environment. The NASA Climate Adaptation Science Investigation working group at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, conducted a study to collect temperature and humidity data at 15 min intervals from 12 sites at the center. These sites represent the major surface types at the center: asphalt, building roof, grass field, forest, and rain garden. The data show a strong distinction in the thermal properties of these surfaces at the center and the difference between the average values for the center compared to a local meteorological station. The data have been submitted to Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center (ORNL-DAAC) for archival in comma separated value (csv) file format (Carroll et al., 2016) and can be found by following this link: http://daac.ornl.gov/cgi-bin/dsviewer.pl?ds_id=1319.
Revised: 06 Sep 2016 – Accepted: 08 Sep 2016 – Published: 19 Sep 2016
Carroll, M. L., Brown, M. E., Wooten, M. R., Donham, J. E., Hubbard, A. B., and Ridenhour, W. B.: In situ air temperature and humidity measurements over diverse land covers in
Greenbelt, Maryland, November 2013–November 2015, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 8, 415-423, doi:10.5194/essd-8-415-2016, 2016.