This figure illustrates the layers used to convey micro-urban heat island's relation to tree cover. This analyses shows that the hottest spots in White Rock Lake are areas in which the land is being used in an impervious nature such as parking lots. It is important to note that older neighborhoods were reported to be much cooler in temperature than newer neighborhoods. The coolest areas in White Rock Lake were found to be near areas with heavy tree cover.
The LANDSAT TM was extremely useful in obtaining and interpreting the data in order to form an argument for policy change. The results of the interpreted data suggest that urban areas should increase the amount of tree coverage and green space within the urbanized limits. As well as, increasing the overall density of the covered areas. Also, it is important to consider new urban neighborhood designs since they are fairly warmer than older neighborhoods. Policies and regulations on development and urbanization would help to curb these temperatures and promote green spaces.
Aniello, C., Morgan, K., Busbey, A., & Newland, L. (October 01, 1995). Mapping micro-urban heat islands using LANDSAT TM and a GIS. Computers & Geosciences, 21, 8, 965-969.