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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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New Podcast: Can't Take the Heat 14 July 2020

New Podcast: Can't Take the Heat

GHHIN & NIHHIS Partner: Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

The 'Can't Take the Heat' podcast explores how people will adapt to a warming world. Host Roop Singh approaches the biggest challenges posed by climate change, like more intense and frequent heatwaves, from a humanitarian perspective. How will the impacts of climate change affect people around the world? What are the big solutions that are in the works? How do we make them happen? The podcast features experts from around the world including leading scientists developing climate solutions, and humanitarian volunteers telling stories of climate change from the frontlines of disasters.

CDC Launches Heat & Health Tracker Tool 13 July 2020

CDC Launches Heat & Health Tracker Tool

NIHHIS Partner: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a first-of-its-kind online tool to help emergency and public health planners prepare for and respond to extreme heat events. The Heat & Health Tracker provides timely, user-friendly, local-level heat and health data and information.

Detroit NPR Affiliate Covers Urban Heat Island Campaign 13 July 2020

Detroit NPR Affiliate Covers Urban Heat Island Campaign

National Public Radio

Detroit Urban Heat Island mapping campaign lead Jordan Larson is interviewed by local NPR affiliate.

10 June 2020

Scenario Responses for Heat Watch Campaign Organizers

Like preparing for climate change, being adaptive is essential for a successful community heat-mapping campaign. We offer the following advice on five of the most common scenarios that can occur during a Heat Watch campaigns.

NOAA leads community scientists in mapping hottest parts of 13 U.S. cities this summer 3 June 2020

NOAA leads community scientists in mapping hottest parts of 13 U.S. cities this summer

This summer, citizen scientists will map hot spots, known as “urban heat islands,” in 13 cities across the country to help communities identify areas where they can take action to protect people from heat stress.

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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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