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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.

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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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