The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
Publications Copernicus
Articles | Volume XLII-4/W19
23 Dec 2019
 | 23 Dec 2019


A. M. Rejuso, A. C. Cortes, A. C. Blanco, C. A. Cruz, and J. B. Babaan

Keywords: Climate Engine, land surface temperature, urban thermal environment, normalized built-up index, normalized vegetation index, normalized water index

Abstract. Extensive urbanization alters the natural landscape as vegetation were replaced with infrastructures composed of materials with low albedo and high heat capacity often resulting to increase in land surface temperatures (LST). The present study focused on the spatial and temporal variations of LST in Mandaue City, one of the metropolitan cities in the Philippines that had undergone a rapid rate of urbanization over the past years. Climate Engine (CE), a cloud computing tool that processes satellite images, was used in this study. Preprocessed LST, normalized difference water index (NDWI), normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), shortwave infrared (SWIR 1) and near-infrared (NIR) layers were directly downloaded from CE while the normalized difference built-up index (NDBI) maps were calculated. Time-series dataset of these indices were analyzed to determine the impacts of reduced vegetation cover and increased built-up areas on surface temperature from years 2013 to 2019. The spatial distribution of LST were analyzed using Univariate Local Moran’s I in GeoDa to identify hotspots within the city. Analysis results showed that the hotspots are barangays Tipolo (100%), Bakilid (100%), Ibabao-Estancia (93.5%), Alang-Alang (87.2%), Guizo (84.4%), Subangdaku (84.1%), and Centro (79.4%). The results indicated that there is a linear relationship between LST and NDBI (r = 0.659, p < 0.01) while an inverse relationship was observed between LST with NDVI (r = −0.527, p < 0.1) and NDWI (r = −0.620, p < 0.01).