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Upcoming Webinar: What Happens When You Go “Hyperlocal”? The Legacy of Inequitable Heat Exposure in U.S. Cities

On Wednesday, May 19th from 12-1pm, the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) and the Office of Education will co-host a OneNOAA Science webinar highlighting NOAA and community-led urban heat island mapping campaigns. The webinar will explore how increasing community engagement in both understanding and measuring urban heat using a novel participatory research campaign framework can lead to climate action efficacy in U.S. cities.

The increasing intensity, duration, and frequency of heat waves due to human-caused climate change puts historically underserved populations in a heightened state of precarity; studies observe that “vulnerable” communities—especially those within urban areas in the United States—are disproportionately exposed to and affected by extreme heat. However, existing data on weather and climate variables are either too sparse or too coarse geographically to adequately describe risks to public health, infrastructure, and ecosystems at the local scale.

The webinar will show how scientifically-defensible “hyperlocal” descriptions of place with community participation directly fulfills NOAA’s mission while advancing environmental justice, community environmental literacy, and climate resilience more broadly.

Speakers will include Jeremy Hoffman, PhD, Chief Scientist, Science Museum of Virginia; and Vivek Shandas, PhD, Professor of Climate Adaptation, Portland State University.

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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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