Balogun, AA*; Adegoke, J; Vezhapparambu, S; James, G; Mauder, M: Surface Energy and Moisture Flux Measurements in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area during Summer 2004
Poster, Denver CO: 2005-04-05 - 2005-04-09

Urban centers are priority areas for understanding the impacts of large-scale land use change on coupled water-energy-carbon cycling because of the significant impact of urbanization on people, the environment, and regional resources. The rapidly urbanizing Kansas City Metropolitan area is ideal for investigating potential human and environmental risk factors from heat waves and elevated concentration of ambient pollutants driven by climate and land use changes. As part of the effort to develop appropriate tools for assessing and modeling these risk factors, the Laboratory for Climate Analysis and Modeling (LCAM) at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) carried out an urban micro-meteorological measurement experiment (Kansas City Urban Heat and Moisture Experiment: KC-FLUXMEX) during summer/early fall of 2004. The experiment focused on understanding the controls on sensible heat, latent heat and momentum exchanges at multiple Kansas City area sites, including a suburban location recently converted from farmland to a low-density residential sub-division. Measurements of net all-wave radiation; sensible and latent heat fluxes; and a suite of climate parameters were made using instruments mounted on a 30m telescoping mast. This presentation will describe the measurement sites, experiment protocols and highlight some of the significant findings observed during this intensive field measurement campaign.

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