A novel satellite-based thermal variability scheme (TVS) was introduced as a method for estimating heat storage, Q_s, in urban areas. The TVS method uses four categorizations of thermal mass in conjunction with the temporal variability of land surface temperature to predict Q_s. The high temporal resolution of the GOES-16 satellite allows for complete reconstruction of the diurnal profile of heat storage in urban areas — something lacking in previous works relating to satellite-derived estimates of storage heat.

The figure below shows the hourly thermal storage for New York City metro region at a spatial resolution of 1km.

The Support for this work and corresponding data product was provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Cooperative Science Center for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies (NOAA-CESSRST) under the Cooperative Agreement Grant #: NA16SEC4810008. We gratefully acknowledge support to The City College of New York, NOAA-CESSRST program and NOAA Office of Education, Educational Partnership Program.

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