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Researchers examine growth in Arizona's Sun Corridor

September 7, 2012

As the the fastest growing megapolitan area in the United States, Arizona's Sun Corridor is in a unique position to guide growth in a sustainable fashion, says Matei Georgescu, assistant professor in ASU's School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning.

Georgescu is the lead author of a paper, published in Environmental Research Letters, that focuses on the Sun Corridor and has found that warming resulting from megalopolitan expansion is seasonally dependent. It also found that one of the most practical ways to combat urbanization-induced warming – the painting of building’s roofs white – was found to disrupt regional hydroclimate, highlighting the need for evaluation of tradeoffs associated with combating urban heat islands.

Lisa Robbins

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