October 17, 2017 at 12:25 pm

Lein, Alum Publish on Fingerprinting Anthropogenic Waste Heat Using Satellite Data

Dr. James Lein, with mountains, lake in background

Dr. James Lein

Dr. James Lein, Professor of Geography, published an article with Ohio University alum Xin Hong on “Fingerprinting Anthropogenic ‘Waste’ Heat Across an Urban Landscape Using Earth Observational Satellite Data” in Advances in Environment and Pollution Research.

Xin earned an M.A. in Geography from the College of Arts & Sciences in 2016 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Geography at Kent State University.

Abstract: The impact of urbanized areas on local climate is a well-documented phenomenon. Through the application of remote sensing technologies, the impact of the city landscape can be observed over a larger spatial extent. As interest in promoting environmental sustainability continues to grow, there is a desire to identify methods to reduce the adverse consequences of urbanization. In this study the problem of urban thermal pollution was examined. Focusing on the measurement and mapping of anthropogenic waste heat, this study employed a “snap-shot” analysis at regional scale of the waste heat/land cover associations using data acquired from the Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI) and Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) earth observational satellite. The “snap-shot” method documented zones in the region of extreme patterns of waste heat and facilitated the “fingerprinting” of waste heat patterns to specific categories of land cover using GIS. The resulting fingerprints delineated areas in the study area where land cover configurations produced excesses of waste heat and served to identify potential targets for waste heat mitigation activities.

Lein also gave an invited conference presentation “On the Feasibility of Satellite-based Waste Heat Extraction at Regional Scales to Support Urban Sustainability Planning” at the 2nd International Convention on Geosciences and Remote Sensing, Las Vegas, NV, November 8, 2017. And he served on the conference’s organizing committee.

This fall, he assumed two new editorial board appointments:

  • International Journal of Green Technology, Appointed Fall 2017
  • Advances in Environment and Pollution Research, Appointed Fall 2017



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