The US Space Research Agency (NASA )’s ECOSTRESS mission to detect terrestrial temperature from the International Space Station explored the temperatures of the European heat wave at the end of June at different times of the day, and produced a heat map of four European cities – Rome, Paris, Madrid and Milan – during that period.
According to a communication issued by NASA’s planetary research center, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, for the four cities, the ECOSTRESS (Ecosystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station) was measured on 27 and 28 June.
On the heat maps published on the NASA website, the warmer areas are red, the cooler ones are blue. The recordings are a good indication that in every city center it is much warmer than in the surrounding areas due to the urban thermal impact.
In the given period, the terrestrial temperature was 25-30 degrees Celsius early in the morning, indicating that the heat of the previous day was stored on the surface of the high heat storage, such as asphalt, concrete or wetlands, which were unable to emit heat from the heat. next day.
The heat they store in the next day resulted in an even higher intraday temperature, up to 40 degrees Celsius in some places – in the publication.
The ECOSTRESS mission was sent to the International Space Station last year with steel to study the health and water balance of vegetation on Earth, but the system is also capable of monitoring heat waves.