Thermal Infrared Imagery Use in Urban Energy Surveys

by J. E. Colcord, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Washington, Seattle, Wash.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 5, Pg. 637-651

Document Type: Journal Paper


The recent emphasis on energy conservation has resulted in an increase in urban surveys utilizing infrared scanning systems to obtain surrogates of roof temperatures. The imagery obtained can be used to estimate about five levels of heat loss provided proper safeguards are observed. The paper shows attainable goals and sets reasonable specifications that may be applied to aerial thermal energy surveys. Results from this type survey are shown for residential areas and for a major educational complex.

Subject Headings: Thermal effects | Urban areas | Energy consumption | Thermal power | Geomatic surveys | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Engineering education | Energy efficiency

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