The Urban Heat Island Effect at Fairbanks, Alaska

N. Magee(1), J. Curtis(2), and G. Wendler(2)
(1) The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802
(2) Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks AK 99775

Using surface observation comparisons between Fairbanks and rurally situated Eielson Air Force Base in Interior Alaska, the growth of the Fairbanks heat island was studied for the time period 1949-1997. The climate records were examined to distinguish between a general warming trend and the changes due to an increasing heat island effect. Over the 49-year period, the population of Fairbanks grew by more than 500%, while the population of Eielson remained relatively constant.

1999, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, Vol 64(1,2), 39-47.
Financial support was obtained from the Alaska Climate Research Center, grant to the Univ of Alaska by the State of Alaska.