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Land surface energy balance in a built environment is widely modelled using urban canopy models with representation of building arrays as big street canyons. Modification of this simplified geometric representation,

Land surface energy balance in a built environment is widely modelled using urban canopy models with representation of building arrays as big street canyons. Modification of this simplified geometric representation, however, leads to challenging numerical difficulties in improving physical parameterization schemes that are deterministic in nature. In this paper, we develop a stochastic algorithm to estimate view factors between canyon facets in the presence of shade trees based on Monte Carlo simulation, where an analytical formulation is inhibited by the complex geometry.

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    Wang, Zhi-Hua (2014). Monte Carlo simulations of radiative heat exchange in a street canyon with trees. SOLAR ENERGY, 110, 704-713. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2014.10.012

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