Meet the 2021 Campaign Cities

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Year: 2021

Campaign Lead Organization(s): City of Albuquerque

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Kelsey Rader |


More hot days by the end of the century compared to the beginning (US CRT Climate Explorer)


Population that does not speak English "very well" compared to 8.4% national average. (2019 ACS - US Census)


Population living in poverty, compared to 12.5% national average. (2019 ACS - US Census)


Population living alone, compared to 15% national average. (2019 ACS - US Census)


Heat impacts on human health is one of Albuquerque’s primary resilience concerns. Like many Southwestern cities, the last decade has been the warmest on record. The observed number of extremely hot days (at or above 100°F) increased to more than 17 days per year. These temperature changes are amplified by the heat island effect that currently shows heat concentration in frontline communities. Ensuring low-income housing has adequate cooling technology and safeguarding access to essential services like public transit are major equity priorities, and ones we hope to moderate.

As Albuquerque promotes equitable and low emission transportation access through active, multi-modal and public transit choices, summer heat increasingly threatens the viability of these options. Public transit is especially vital to Albuquerque’s frontline communities, as it is often a primary means of transportation. In addition, reliance on single passenger vehicles has exacerbated air quality concerns along with the danger of heat exposure. Transportation accounts for 40% of the City’s GHG emissions, and with rising temperatures, these emissions are often converted to ground level ozone especially in summer months. Albuquerque’s ozone levels have recently reached non-attainment thresholds for air quality standards and prolonged heat conditions threaten to worsen this pollution. 

Although Albuquerque has benefitted from previous heat mapping efforts, there is a need for high resolution data that allows the City to evaluate thermal comfort in transportation corridors focused in vulnerable communities. This project would allow for immediate rollout of budgeted infrastructure projects to achieve heat mitigation for vulnerable populations and to continue supporting active and multi modal transportation development efforts.

Lead Organization(s)

City of Albuquerque 

Partner Organizations

  • University of New Mexico 
  • The Wilderness Society
  • The Nature Conservancy 

Campaign Goals / Anticipated Outcomes

  • Direct the implementation of heat mitigation public works projects, particularly in frontline communities. 
  • Continue building a science-driven narrative on the public health impacts of Albuquerque’s increasing heat conditions.



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About Us

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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