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2020 Heat Watch Campaigns Progressing, Innovating
Thea Kindschuh

2020 Heat Watch Campaigns Progressing, Innovating

As our thirteen Heat Watch campaign cities progress through the campaign planning steps (color corresponds with flowchart phase), local organizers are creatively adapting the Heat Watch process. We've compiled highlights from some campaigns below. 

El Paso, TX & Las Cruces, NM

These two cities teamed up to conduct their heat mapping assessments on the same day. The Las Cruces team recruited university students through their partnership with New Mexico State University, while El Paso organizers reached their many volunteers through the nearby University of Texas El Paso campus. 

Houston, TX

With an especially large mapping area (over 300 square miles!), the Houston/Harris County team created its own website to recruit volunteers. Available in both Spanish and English, this user-friendly website promotes the purpose of the heat mapping campaign, the partners involved, media stories and provides the many relevant documents to volunteers.

Miami, FL

Thunderstorms and rains aused the Miami campaign to shift dates and adapt. The National Weather Service Miami/ South Florida generously provided campaign conditions for each mapping hour of potential campaign days, and coordinators at the City of Miami and non-profit partner Catalyst Miami communicated updates with volunteers using the free messaging platform, WhatsApp.

Austin, TX

To enhance the design of campaign routes, the Austin team is using a data-driven approach and gathering priority areas and points of interest into an interactive web-map. Data layers include the locations of mobile home parks, affordable housing units, cooling centers, transit stops and parks, as well as information on social vulnerability, heat risk, and life expectancy. 

Cincinnati, OH

A handful of participants in Cincinnati will traverse their campaign routes from behind the wheel of several electric vehicles, as part of a coordinated effort with EV Cincy and the Cincinnati EV Car Club. These initiatives aim to promote education and use of electric vehicles and will help to create a low carbon footprint for Cincinnati’s campaign.

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New course for clinicians on climate change and human health 28 January 2021

New course for clinicians on climate change and human health

Course focuses on heat and health in urban areas in session 3

A new clinician-focused webinar series, titled "Climate Change and Human Health" organized by Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) with contributions from several NIHHIS partners, is now open for registration.  The purpose of this 7-week course, which runs from Feb. 17 - April 7, 2021, is to help clinicians and other medical professionals better understand the ways in which climate variability and change impact human health and health care facilities. Another goal is to help clinicians become more conversant in climate science and climate-related impacts so that they may integrate climate science information into their communications with patients as well as their long-term resilience planning for their facilities.

Rolling Announcement - NIHHIS-CAPA UHI Mapping Cities for 2021 25 January 2021

Rolling Announcement - NIHHIS-CAPA UHI Mapping Cities for 2021

Determinations have been made regarding recommended communities for 2021 UHI mapping

Applications to run a Heat Watch community science urban heat island (UHI) mapping campaigns in 2021 have been reviewed, and applicants are being asked to confirm participation. As they do, we will post the confirmed communities here. Please note that this activity is still pending availability of funds, as we have not yet received our final fiscal year 2021 budget allocation for this line of work.

NOAA’s Climate Program Office Awards $48.7M to Advance Climate and Decision Support Science, Build Community Resilience 6 October 2020

NOAA’s Climate Program Office Awards $48.7M to Advance Climate and Decision Support Science, Build Community Resilience

“From using machine learning to develop critical atmospheric datasets to creating an experimental system for rapidly assessing causes of extreme events, these new awards will expedite climate science discoveries and build the library of resilience solutions needed to protect all sectors of our economy and environment.”

2020 Urban Heat Island Mapping Campaign Successfully Finishes 1 September 2020

2020 Urban Heat Island Mapping Campaign Successfully Finishes

The successful community science campaign leveraged NOAA leadership and scientific rigor with the additional organization of local community and government groups to compile a heat dataset that can be used to minimize extreme heat risk in cities across the country.

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NIHHIS is an integrated information 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.  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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