Impacts of anthropogenic heat on regional climate patterns
Article first published online: 26 JUN 2004
Copyright 2004 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 31, Issue 12, June 2004
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2004), Impacts of anthropogenic heat on regional climate patterns, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L12211, doi:10.1029/2004GL019852., , and (
- Issue published online: 26 JUN 2004
- Article first published online: 26 JUN 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 MAY 2004
- Manuscript Revised: 23 APR 2004
- Manuscript Received: 1 MAR 2004
 Four different simulations of a winter period in Central Europe are carried out to investigate the principle effect of anthropogenic heat release from the highly industrialized and populated Ruhrarea region (Germany) on regional climate conditions. The results reveal a permanent warming due to anthropogenic heat emissions over affected areas ranging from 0.15 K over land area with an additional 2 W m−2 anthropogenic heat flux up to 0.5 K over the Ruhrarea with additional 20 W m−2 anthropogenic heat flux. The temperature effects induced by anthropogenic heat not only depend on the amount of added heat but also on orographical factors. No significant variations are found for precipitation.