This interactive resource lets students explore 3D maps, images, text, and data about the heat island effect in Tokyo, Japan.
Students will explore some of the reasons for the increasing urban temperatures and discover some of the solutions the city is implementing in an effort to reduce the heat.
This resource explains how wind flow, heat exhaust, green spaces, heat-reflecting coatings, and proximity to a large body of water can affect the temperature of a city.
Students will learn why Tokyo's temperature has increased so much more than the rest of Japan.
Using a slower Internet connection or wireless Internet may cause the images to load slowly.
Students should be familiar with line graphs and reading maps.
Cross-curricular connections could be made with social studies classes when discussing the effects of urban planning, the number of parks and trees in urban areas, and the differing conditions in various urban communities.
Biology courses could explore the connections between urban heat-island effects and the intensity of heat waves or heat-related illnesses as temperatures increase.
The heat island effect is another mechanism that contributes to average global temperatures. The chart displayed in the resource is accurate and appropriate to explain the changes in mean temperature over time due to the urban heat island effect. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
Dimension 2: Geography
D2.Geo.12.6-8 Explain how global changes in population distribution patterns affect changes in land use in particular places.