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NOAA and Communities to Map Heat Inequities in 14 Communities and Two International Cities

NOAA and Communities to Map Heat Inequities in 14 Communities and Two International Cities

Communities will use maps to inform efforts to combat extreme heat

On April 26th during opening remarks for the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) National Meeting, NOAA Administrator Dr. Richard Spinrad announced that NOAA and community partners will be mapping heat inequities om 14 communities across the country this summer, and two international cities. 

"Our nation faces a climate crisis that has exacerbated inequities for the low-income and communities of color," said NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D. "NOAA is helping communities measure their hottest places so that they can use this information to develop strategies to reduce the dangerous effects of heat and help us create a Climate Ready Nation that is resilient in a changing world."

Since 2017, NOAA has funded CAPA Strategies LLC to provide science support for citizen science, community based campaigns to map the hottest parts of communities through the NIHHIS-CAPA Urban Heat Island Mapping Campaign program. Using heat sensors mounted on their own bikes or cars, volunteer citizen scientists, led by a team of local partners in each city, traverse their neighborhoods in the morning, afternoon, and evening. With support from the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center (WPC) and local Weather Forecast Offices (WFOS), communities are provided forecasts in advance so that they are mapping their neghborhoods on the hottest day. NOAA has provided funding for 35 campaigns and support for 69 total campaigns. 

The communites to be mapped in 2022 include Boulder, Colorado; Clark County, Nevada, which includes Las Vegas; Columbia, South Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; Jacksonville, Florida; Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Montgomery County, Maryland; Omaha, Nebraska; Spokane, Washington; and Philadelphia. Brooklyn, New York and San Francisco, orignally part of the 2021 campaign year, will also be completing their mapping campaigns this summer. In addition, NOAA is working with local groups on international campaigns in Freetown, Sierra Leone and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

The 2022 heat mapping campaigns will also feature new, NOAA-funded instruments to better characterize urban climate and health hazards. Columbus, Ohio and Philadelphia will use mobile air quality monitors to develop and understanding of the related impacts of heat and air quality. Clark County, Nevada and Columbia, South Carolina will install stationary temperature and humidity sensors to provide more information for decision-making through monitoring the urban heat island effect over the length of the summer. Additionally, the NIHHIS-CAPA UHI mapping campaign is part of the Biden Administration's Justice40 Initiative

Read the official NOAA press release here

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NIHHIS is Hiring a Data Scientist 25 June 2022

NIHHIS is Hiring a Data Scientist

Join our Team

NIHHIS is seeking a talented data scientist to help us develop new analyses, tools, visualizations, and products for heat and health applications. Previous examples of such tools include the Climate and Health Monitor and Outlook, which is now operationalized at CDC as the Heat and Health Tracker.

 

NIDIS and NIHHIS to Co-Host 2022 U.S. Drought and Heat Webinars for the West and Southern Plains 23 June 2022

NIDIS and NIHHIS to Co-Host 2022 U.S. Drought and Heat Webinars for the West and Southern Plains

Climate change is fueling long-term drought and extreme heat in the West and Southern Plains. These July webinars will provide the latest information on conditions and outlooks as well as the serious impacts to diverse sectors of the economy and communities.

ARSET Training - Measuring Urban Heat Islands and Constructing Heat Vulnerability Indices 8/2/2022 - 8/11/2022

ARSET Training - Measuring Urban Heat Islands and Constructing Heat Vulnerability Indices

Provided by NASA and NIHHIS

Once Urban Heat Islands have been mapped, incorporating socioeconomic data pertaining to population, demographics, and health information into heat vulnerability indices (HVI) can help guide interventions to manage heat related risks to public health. This four-part, advanced webinar will build on ARSET’s urban heat island training held in November 2020 with hands-on exercises for participants to measure UHI and construct HVIs for their areas of interest.

This webinar series is a collaboration between NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) and the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS).

EPA Launches 'Let's Talk About Heat' Communications Challenge 10 June 2022

EPA Launches 'Let's Talk About Heat' Communications Challenge

Apply to the communications challenge by July 22nd

NIHHIS to host special session on Equitable Heat Resilience at International Association for Urban Climate conference 20 May 2022

NIHHIS to host special session on Equitable Heat Resilience at International Association for Urban Climate conference

NIHHIS is hosting an international conversation on how met services like NOAA can deliver Integrated Urban Climate Services, as envisioned by the World Meteorological Organization.

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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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