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Climate in Cities
1. Air Pollution
2. Urban Climate
- Radiation
- Heat
- Water
- Bioclimate
* Worksheet 1
* Worksheet 2
* Worksheet 3
* Worksheet 4
3. Acid Rain
climate in cities

Urban Climate

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2. Urban Climate

Worksheet 4: Test your knowledge



1. Hemera,
Big box of art


Urban Bioclimate

Would you rather live in the big city or in the countryside?  Write a short paragraph explaining your choice and discuss this with your friends.

Take your atlas and find the maps on bioclimate. 
Find out which areas are most stressful for their inhabitants.
Many people say that they are very sensitive to the weather conditions.
Do you believe that weather can influence our health?

Most people think that cities are the most stressful place to live.  Ask your friends and relatives what they think.  Do the differences in opinion relate to age?


air pollution and noise pollution

2. A congested city street leads to air pollution and noise pollution.
Picture: Hemera "Big box of art".


Can you answer the following questions on bioclimate?

1) How much does urban traffic contribute to the air pollution in a city?
a) about 10%
b) about 20%
c) about 40%
d) about 60%

2) Which disease may occur when ultra-violet radiation levels are low?
a) meningitis
b) caries
c) rickets
d) asthma

3) The noise pollution is higher in the city than in the country. What is the threshhold for hearing damage?
a) 20 dB
b) 50 dB
c) 70 dB
d) 100 dB

4) At what temperature onwards does the weather feel "sultry" (above 85% humidity)?
a) above 10°C
b) above 15°C
c) above 17°C
d) above 20°C


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Summer 2003

The summer of 2003 was extremely hot in Europe, breaking all heat records over the last century.  The daytime temperatures stayed between 35°C and 40°C for many weeks.  Many people enjoyed the summer and went to parks and swimming pools even at night.  Elderly people, however, sufferred severely particularly in Paris in first weeks of August 2003.   Clinics and hospitals soon became overcrowded with people suffering from heart and blood circulation problems.  It is estimated that nearly 10,000 people died in France in August 2003 simply because of the heat.

Use the web to find out more.

Parks and green areas reduce noise pollution, clean the air and reduce the heat in the city.  All human beings have a built in cooling function.  Can you describe how transpiration works?  What do animals and our pets do when it's hot?


parks absorbing noise and air pollution

3. Parks in cities absorb the noise and clean the air.  Picture: Hemera "Big box of art".



About this page:
author: - B. Wohlhöfer - University of Nürnberg, Germany
educational reviewing: Dr. Helmut Schrettenbrunner, Dr. Yvonne Schleicher and Julia Heres - University of Nürnberg, Germany
last update: 2003-09-09




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