2020 Urban Heat Island Mapping Campaign Successfully Finishes

  • 1 September 2020

All 13 cities have successfully completed their community science campaigns to map urban heat islands across the country this summer and identify areas where they can take action to protect people from heat stress. The mapping campaigns are part of a collaborative project supported by CPO and jointly coordinated by the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) and CAPA Strategies LLC. 

The 13 cities included: 

  • Austin, TX

  • Burlington, VT

  • Cincinnati, OH

  • Detroit, MI

  • El Paso, TX

  • Houston, TX

  • Jackson, MS

  • Las Cruces, NM

  • Miami, FL

  • New Orleans, LA

  • Roanoke, VA

  • Seattle, WA

  • San Jose / Santa Clara, CA

Coverage of the campaigns has been widespread across local news and national outlets including NPR as many are interested in knowing just how hot cities can get, and how they can use that data to minimize the risk. 

This is the third year that the Climate Program Office has supported these efforts with 20 cities in total having mapped their Urban Heat Islands. 

Learn more about the 2020 campaigns »




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