City vs. desert - Climate365 graphic

When we think about the hottest places on Earth, we tend to look to deserts — places that are dry, rocky, bare, and dark-colored. It turns out that such conditions appear in cities, too, which is why researchers are thinking about how to change the face of urban areas — or at least the rooftops — to reflect more and absorb less of the sun’s energy.

You can also find this graphic on NASA’s Climate 365 Tumblr page.


NASA Climate 365 project - a collaboration of the NASA Earth Science News Team, NASA Goddard and Jet Propulsion Laboratory communications teams, and NASA websites Earth Observatory and Global Climate Change.