Is anyone aware of the pros and cons of various tools to model the Urban Heat Island for a city? To build on the discussions in the Old Forum (Heat Island Effect), I am looking for a computer model-able phenomenon resulting primarily from urban canyon geometry, building materials, and (to a lesser degree) anthropogenic heat, the below is what I am aware of:
- There is the LondUM model that was used for the Triple Jeopardy Mapping (UCL/ESPRC)
- There is Reading’s UMEP Model (open-source)
- There is Envi-Met (paid)
- There is VITO’s UrbClim Modelling (Not freely available)
Any feedback appreciated.