Urban Heat Islands of the Anatolian Peninsula
Ozdemir, H., Unal, A., Kindap, T., Turuncoglu, U.U., Durmusoglu, Z.O., Khan, M., Tayanc, M. and Karaca, M. 2012. Quantification of the urban heat island under a changing climate over the Anatolian Peninsula. Theoretical and Applied Climatology 108: 31-38.
Focusing on cities having over half a million inhabitants representative of urban conditions and much smaller towns representative of rural conditions - all of which also possessed continuous high-quality temperature data from 1965 to 2006 - Ozdemir et al. (2012) studied the four-decade trends in daily minimum air temperature at each location.
In discussing their findings, the eight researchers report that "statistical analysis of daily minimum temperatures for the period between 1965 and 2006 suggest that there is no statistically significant increase in rural areas." However, they say that all of the urban sites, as well as the differences between urban and rural pairs, show significant increases in temperature, indicative of a strong urban heat island (UHI) effect over the region. In fact, as they describe it, the average "urban station is over 4°C warmer than rural."
Whereas it is claimed by many climate alarmists that adequate adjustments are made for urban heat island effects when compiling data from all around the world to deduce a global mean near-surface air temperature representative of non-urban conditions, questions remain as to what extent the world's many urban sites have had their warming reduced to zero over various time intervals (especially more recent ones), as would appear to be needed on the Anatolian Peninsula. If this has not been done there, as well as at other locations where it may have been warranted, it could well be that historical greenhouse gas-induced global warming has not been nearly as large as it has been portrayed to be.