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Urban Heat Island Maps

Richard Aguilar Glupker

NOAA-funded 2020 Heat Campaign Cities Announced

Through a peer-review process, NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO) selected thirteen community partners in cities across the U.S. to receive funding support to perform a community science urban heat island (UHI) mapping campaign this summer. Successful applicants showed an urgent need for the mapping campaigns to help them understand and mitigate their exposure to extreme heat, identified strong local partnerships, and mapped out applications for the data and newly developed community capacity in advance.

CAPA Strategies and the NOAA CPO held an initial onboarding call with recipients early this week to begin the planning process. A recording of the call can be accessed here. We will follow-up with campaign cities soon to confirm budgets and contracts and provide additional information.

Early goal-setting for participating cities includes vulnerability and equity analyses incorporating heat data; identifying green building and infrastructure interventions to ameliorate heat, particularly in low-income neighborhoods; informational campaigns; network building; and more. You can access our previous article on campaign goal setting here.

This program flowchart summarizes the entire sequence of steps taken by each local campaign.

Joey Williams, Heat Watch Program Manager will be on point to answer questions about 2020 campaign logistics and methodology. CAPA will send recipients an introductory email to help them tailor a campaign specific to their needs, then follow up with a Scope of Work and Starter Kit to help them get their campaigns going. Next steps for campaign organizers will include volunteer recruitment and training. General information can be found on CAPA’s website.

Meanwhile, the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) is working to develop operational campaign support in the form of weather and climate predictions, engaging local Weather Forecast Offices, issuing the Heat Beat Newsletter for regular campaign updates, and updating the NIHHIS Portal to share information about this year’s and previous years’ campaigns.

Addressing concerns about COVID-19: We understand that the coronavirus and related restrictions on group activities are on everyone’s minds. The NIHHIS-CAPA team is actively tracking the national and local responses to this pandemic to ensure we comply with personal distancing guidelines and other policies. CAPA Strategies has developed plans to run campaigns with minimal person-to-person interaction by shipping sterilized monitoring equipment to host organizations engaging in online orientation and training sessions with campaign teams and their volunteers, and providing guidance for pick up/drop off that maintains best public health practices. Though we cannot predict how social restrictions will unfold this summer, we are cautiously optimistic that our scientific pursuits can continue safely. You can read the full CAPA/NIHHIS statement on COVID-19 safety and Heat Campaigns here.


Timely information for people and communities who are working to address local concerns about heat health.

Webinar Series - Urban Heat Island Solutions Across the US 22 July 2021

Webinar Series - Urban Heat Island Solutions Across the US

Learning from the NIHHIS UHI Community of Practice

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The National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) and its partners are hosting a webinar series to feature community case studies on what happens after Urban Heat Island mapping campaigns are conducted. The first webinar of the series, “Exploring the Heat Hazard”, will take place on July 29th at 2PM EDT and will highlight the range of experience of heat across the US. Key discussions will include a variety of methods and approaches to measure heat, from satellites, mobile transects, stationary observations, to wearable sensors. Speakers for this event include Jen Runkle (NC State University), Cameron Lee (Kent State University), and Brian Garcia (Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NOAA/NWS), with moderation by Noura Randle (NOAA/CPO). Learn more about the webinars and register for the webinar series here.

NIHHIS & NOAA Viz Lab Launch UHI Map Viewer to Support Summer Mapping Campaigns 13 April 2021

NIHHIS & NOAA Viz Lab Launch UHI Map Viewer to Support Summer Mapping Campaigns

Story Map enables quick access to and visualization of CAPA Heat Watch data and maps

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.




The Urban Heat Island Citizen Science Campaigns are made possible by:




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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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