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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 2)
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Classifying Urban Climate Field Sites by “Thermal Climate Zones” the Case of Onitsha Metropolis

I.C. Nduka and A.I. Abdulhamed
Corresponding Author:  Abdulhamed A. Ibrahim 

Key words:  Landscape classification system, onitsha metropolis, thermal climate zones, urban and rural, , ,
Vol. 3 , (2): 75-80
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2010 August, 24 2010 October, 06 2011 March, 05

The study is about testing the first phase of the new urban climate zoning scheme. The idea behind this work is to test this scheme in a city that is in the developing world with all its antecedent environmental and planning problems. This research tried to demonstrate a possible new approach to site classification using a system of “Thermal Climate Zones”, and these zones were tested using the “urban” and “mixed” field sites in Onitsha metropolis. The results show that Onitsha sites correspond well with Thermal Climate zones; the zones observed include TCZ2 (old core), TCZ 3 (compact housing), TCZ 5 (Blocks), TCZ 6 (extensive lowrise), TCZ 7 (Regular housing), TCZ 8 (shanty town), TCZ 9 (open grounds) and TCZ 20 (dispersed settlements). Moreso, the major difference observed by the researcher is the difference in surface cover in some categories or zones. The new system provides a more useful interpretation of the landscape for urban climatologists. With further refinement, Thermal Climate Zones can improve consistency and accuracy in urban climate reporting.
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I.C. Nduka and A.I. Abdulhamed, 2011. Classifying Urban Climate Field Sites by “Thermal Climate Zones” the Case of Onitsha Metropolis.  Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, 3(2): 75-80.
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