Q: What is the correct LCZ?

LCZ 1: Compact high-rise
  • tightly packed buildings to tens of stories tall
  • few or no trees
  • little or no green space
  • concrete, steel, stone and glass construction materials
  • small diurnal temperature range
  • LCZ 2: Compact mid-rise
  • tightly packed buildings of 3 to 9 stories tall
  • few if any trees
  • little or no green space
  • stone, brick, tile and concrete construction materials
  • small diurnal temperature range
  • LCZ 3: Compact low-rise
  • tightly packed buildings of 1 to 3 tens of stories tall
  • few or no trees
  • little or no green space
  • concrete, steel, stone and glass construction materials
  • diurnal temperature range is medium
  • LCZ 4: Open high-rise
  • openly arranged buildings tens of stories tall
  • abundance of trees and pervious cover (low plants)
  • concrete, steel, stone and glass construction materials
  • small diurnal temperature range
  • LCZ 5: Open mid-rise
  • openly arranged buildings of 3 to 9 stories tall
  • abundance of trees and pervious cover (low plants)
  • concrete, steel, stone and glass construction materials.
  • medium diurnal temperature range
  • LCZ 6: Open low-rise
  • openly arranged buildings of 1 to 3 stories tall
  • abundance of trees and pervious cover (low plants)
  • wood, brick, stone, tile and concrete construction materials
  • LCZ 7: Lightweight low-rise
  • lightweight building materials of 1 to 2 stories tall
  • few or no trees
  • land cover hard-packed
  • large diurnal temperature range
  • LCZ 8: Large low-rise
  • large, openly arranged buildings of 1 to 3 stories tall
  • few if any trees
  • land cover mostly paved
  • medium diurnal temperature range
  • LCZ 9: Sparsely built
  • sparse arrangement of small or mid-sized buildings
  • natural setting
  • abundance of pervious cover
  • large diurnal temperature range
  • LCZ 10: Heavy industry
  • Low-rise and mid-rise industrial structures (towers, tanks, stacks)
  • few or no trees
  • land cover mostly paved or hard-packed
  • metal, steel and concrete construction materials
  • LCZ A: Dense trees
  • Heavily wooded landscape of deciduous and/or evergreen trees.
  • Land cover mostly pervious (low plants).
  • LCZ B: Scattered trees
  • Lightly wooded landscape of deciduous and/or evergreen trees.
  • Land cover mostly pervious (low plants).
  • LCZ C: Bush, scrub
  • Open arrangement of bushes, shrubs and short, woody trees.
  • Land cover mostly pervious (bare soil or sand).
  • LCZ D: Low plants
  • Featureless landscape of grass or herbaceous plants/crops.
  • Few or no trees.
  • LCZ E: Bare rock or paved
  • Featureless landscape of rock or paved cover. Few or no trees.
  • LCZ F: Bare soil or sand
  • Featureless landscape of soil or sand cover. Few or no trees or plants.
  • LCZ G: Water
  • Large, open water bodies such as seas and lakes, or small bodies such as rivers, reservoirs and lagoons.
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