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13 Cities Launch Urban Heat Island Community Science Campaigns in 2020 with NOAA
Richard Aguilar Glupker

13 Cities Launch Urban Heat Island Community Science Campaigns in 2020 with NOAA

The National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS), in partnership with the NOAA CPO Communication Education and Engagement division and CAPA Strategies LLC will support and coordinate 13 community science Urban Heat Island (UHI) mapping field campaigns in cities across the country this summer. The cities in the 2020 cohort were the highest ranked applicants in a competitive process to determine which communities had the greatest need, most promising partnerships, and clearest applications identified for the resulting information.

  • Austin, TX
  • Burlington, VT
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Detroit, MI
  • El Paso, TX
  • Harris County / Houston, TX
  • Jackson, MS
  • Las Cruces, NM
  • Miami, FL
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Roanoke, VA
  • King County/City of Seattle
  • San Jose / Santa Clara, CA
This map shows the locations of the 2020 UHI mapping campaigns cohort (blue) as well as past mapping efforts in the series (gray). The background represents the climatological average hottest period across the United States.

 

 

Each campaign is led by a core partner or group of partners — often city sustainability offices, environmental NGOs, or health departments — and is carried out with an even larger, multidisciplinary set of other partners. Operations and scientific analysis are supported by CAPA Strategies, which has developed an engaging and easy-to-implement process for running the campaigns. This year, due to COVID-19 physical distancing constraints, CAPA has developed plans to run these campaigns with minimal person-to-person interaction by shipping sterilized sensing gear to host organizations and hosting online orientation and training sessions with local campaign teams and their volunteers.

NOAA is providing climate and weather predictions and funding support to the campaigns, and will also sustain engagement during and after the mapping activities through the NIHHIS network.

This year represents the third year running that the Climate Program Office has supported these urban heat island mapping efforts. The inaugural year was funded via an environment literacy grant awarded by NOAA’s Office of Education. The mapping campaigns are just the beginning of a series of beneficial returns on the investment. Past campaign engagements and datasets have seeded workshops on urban heat at museums, new research into optimal urban forestry approaches to minimize the UHI effect, and exploration of UHI interventions and potential policy changes within city governments to protect people as well as built and natural systems from the adverse effects of extreme heat.

For additional information, please visit nihhis.cpo.noaa.gov/Urban-Heat-Island-Mapping

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Houston Campaign In the News 10 August 2020

Houston Campaign In the News

Our largest campaign this summer, Harris County is seeing impressive media attention.

GHHIN hosts webinar on Dialogues on Heat in the City and in the Workplace 29 July 2020

GHHIN hosts webinar on Dialogues on Heat in the City and in the Workplace

On July 28th and 29th, the Global Heat Health Information Network (GHHIN) hosted discussions on the urgent challenges of extreme heat in urban areas and in occupational settings. The discussions were moderated by Thomson Reuters reporters, and featured experts from government, academia, and industry.

2020 Heat Watch Campaigns Progressing, Innovating 24 July 2020

2020 Heat Watch Campaigns Progressing, Innovating

Throughout the summer, innovations from each of the 2020 Heat Watch cohort cities will be highlighted via NIHHIS and the Heat Beat Newsletter and shared for learning between campaign teams.

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GHHIN Dialogues - Heat in the City

GHHIN Dialogues - Heat in the City

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This GHHIN Dialogue session provides a rapid tour through urban innovations in heat health.

A panel of five experts and practitioners will give short updates on the state of the practice of increasing resilience to extreme heat across the world from their diverse perspectives of governance, planning, design, and vulnerable populations. This will be followed by a facilitated panel discussion, with opportunities for audience interaction and engagement via questions submitted at registration and during the event via Mentimeter.

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GHHIN Dialogues - Heat in the Workplace

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This GHHIN Dialogue session provides a rapid tour through key recent developments in the world of occupational heat health.

A panel of three experts and practitioners will give short presentations on the state of the science, new research outcomes into often overlooked worker populations, and practical interventions into occupational heat health in Europe, Central America and Vietnam. The presentations will be followed by a facilitated panel discussion, with opportunities for audience interaction and engagement via questions submitted at registration, and during the event via Mentimeter.

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The NIHHIS is an integrated system that builds understanding of the problem of extreme heat, defines demand for climate services that enhance societal resilience, develops science-based products and services from a sustained climate science research program, and improves capacity, communication, and societal understanding of the problem in order to reduce morbidity and mortality due to extreme heat. The NIHHIS is a jointly developed system by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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