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Next CSHub Webinar Focuses on Albedo, Climate and Urban Heat Island

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The United Nations predicts that nearly 70 percent of the global population will live in urban environments by the year 2050. This rapid urbanization is changing the surface of the planet, which has an impact on climate regionally and globally. Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) researchers are studying the effects of albedo, which is the measure of the fraction of solar energy reflected by the Earth’s surface, on climate and the urban heat island effect (defined as a temperature difference between urban areas and their rural surroundings where the city temperature is higher). Lighter color surfaces have a high albedo and reflect light, while darker surfaces have low albedo and absorb light. CSHub researchers have developed an approach to quantify the impacts of changing pavement albedo on the climate and building energy demand and then translate both of those into global warming potential. This Webinar will describe the approach and results from recent studies.

The Webinar will be held on Thursday, February 15, at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Click here for registration and more information.


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