equation 108 computes the area of green spaces within a search distance d around each pixel
It is discussing cooling effect of large green spaces >2 ha, but I cannot understand where in this notation is it defined that the green area has to be contiguous? I expect it is my misunderstanding of the notation. please help!
I have many pixels that have a total of >2ha green space with the search distance but I have always assumed this effect does not kick in because they are many and small, not one large area.
You are correct that when the model and User Guide refer to large green spaces, they mean CONTIGUOUS. Perhaps it’s not written super clearly, but to me this is what is meant by “large”, as in, if there are many pixels that add up to this area, they are not large spaces, but rather many small ones.
can you clearup something related? Does Invest look outside of the AOI shape file when doing its urban cooling processing? I have been supplying ‘oversized’ layers for LU and ETO assuming everything is just clipped to my AOI? however I’ve seen an urban cooling effect being reported on an AOI with no forest and all I can think is that its air blending on woodland features just outside the extent. If this is how it works i need to delete all nearby features because i am only interested in the effect of new woodland in my AOI,
i guess the simplest way is to look at some of my results.
In feb_flood_merged.png (results of runoff retention model) you can see 206201 and 206302 have the same result for baseline and fitted. This is because the LU layer for ‘fitted’ was actually identical to baseline - the algorithm I wrote to ‘fit’ forests into impervious areas did not find any suitable locations. (I obviously expect zero influence from outside my AOI in terms of runoff retention)
However when you look at aug_uhi_merged.png (results of the urban cooling model) you can see that 206201 and 206302 values for baseline and fitted are different. But the LU for fitted and baseline are still identical.
Looking at the source code, it seems to me that the model does not determine if the green spaces are contiguous. It sums the area of green space within the radius d of each pixel. Is this something that should be corrected? Or is it a reasonable simplification?
This sounds like a possible mistake. My understanding has definitely been that we’re meaning to differentiate the effects of contiguous green spaces from disconnected ones. But, now this thread has me questioning all of that. Perhaps @elonsdorf or @chris could provide their perspective on this.