Anthropogenic Heat Flux Map (Dong et al., 2017)

anthropogenic heat
flux database with high
spatial resolution

Y. Dong, A.C.G. Varquez, M. Kanda

Atmospheric Environment (2017)



A monthly-representative hourly dataset (currently in local time) of anthropogenic heat fluxes has recently been launched. We have stored geo-referenced tiffs with global coverage in a database free for anyone to download and use. Details regarding its construction and citation formats can be found through the DOI link above.

  • Downloading the full global dataset

To access and download the full hourly dataset, follow the following steps:

1.  Open FTP client (e.g. Winscp, Filezilla).

2. Host:

Note: A few browsers might be capable of accessing the ftp server but not all. The best way to download the full dataset is through Bash scripting in Linux. When using Winscp, it might be necessary to use ‘anonymous’ for the username with a blank password.


  • Downloading AHE for a specified area

Additionally, you can request for a full annual data for a specified area
of interest by filling up the form. We will clip the data to your region of interest and update you once
the process is completed. This feature is made possible thanks to Mr. Mathew
Lipson, CCRC, UNSW Australia, for suggesting and providing us with the
python script to achieve this. A result of his work can be found here.

For inquiries contact

  • Future tasks


For WRF users, we are currently creating
versions in geogrid intermediate formats and UTC. Frequently
visit these sites for updates.