The 2021 Urban Heat Island (UHI) mapping campaign cycle officially closed in September, and the heat map reports are being released to cities. Mapping campaigns occured in eleven states across the US this summer, and cities are already planning ways that they can use their reports to inform decision makers and implement cooling solutions. To reflect on the 4th year of UHI mapping, NOAA's National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) and CAPA Strategies will host a 90 minute webinar on December 14th at 2:30PM EST.
The webinar will start with an overview of the 2021 campaigns. Following the overview will be presentations from four of the campaigns (Charleston, South Carolina; Manhattan/Bronx, New York; Richmond and Clarksville, Indiana; and Mystic River Watershed, Massachusetts). During these presentations, the campaigns will discuss their overall experience, how they engaged volunteers and local organizations, what they learned, and how they plan to use their mapping results. After the presentations, there will be a discussion and Q&A between the campaigns. The webinar is a great opportunity for cities interested in applying for the 2022 cohort to learn more.
Speakers for the webinar include:
- Cooper Martin, National League of Cities
- Joey Williams, CAPA Strategies
- Liv Yoon, Ph.D., Columbia University (Manhattan/Bronx Campaign)
- Janice Barnes, Ph.D., Climate Adaptation Partners (Charleston Campaign)
- Kirstin Dow, Ph.D., University of South Carolina (Charleston Campaign)
- Bronte Murrell,Town of Clarksville (Indiana Campaign)
- Lucy Mellen, City of Richmond (Indiana Campaign)
- Dana Habeeb, Ph.D., Indiana University (Indiana Campaign)
- Sara Benson, Museum of Science, Boston (Mystic River Watershed Campaign)
- Melanie Gárate, Mystic River Watershed Association (Mystic River Watershed Campaign)
Register for the webinar here.
Photo: Volunteers Octavia Jones and her two children, Taegan and Tristen Harris, used the sensor attached to the car to collect heat data in the Bronx as part of the NOAA and partner Heat Island Mapping Campaign, July 2021. Photo courtesy of Octavia Jones.