NOAA supports virtual symposium: Climatological, Meteorological and Environmental factors in the COVID-19 pandemic 22 July 2020

NOAA supports virtual symposium: Climatological, Meteorological and Environmental factors in the COVID-19 pandemic

The symposium will help determine how NOAA's climate, weather and environmental information can be usefully applied to and better serve the health community in predicting and managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

NOAA leads community scientists in mapping hottest parts of 13 U.S. cities this summer 3 June 2020

NOAA leads community scientists in mapping hottest parts of 13 U.S. cities this summer

This summer, citizen scientists will map hot spots, known as “urban heat islands,” in 13 cities across the country to help communities identify areas where they can take action to protect people from heat stress.

Application for 2020 Urban Heat Island mapping campaigns now available 21 January 2020

Application for 2020 Urban Heat Island mapping campaigns now available

To reduce the risk of heat illness that arrives with hot days, the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) encourages municipalities to gather data and produce a map of their community’s hottest neighborhoods. Pending availability of federal funds, NIHHIS intends to provide financial support to 20 cities where groups are willing to organize and run volunteer mapping campaigns, and then engage municipal leaders in addressing their issues of urban heat. The application for funding is now available.

National Centers for Environmental Information and CPO lay groundwork for new extreme heat product 8 November 2019

National Centers for Environmental Information and CPO lay groundwork for new extreme heat product

The product will help scientists identify whether an extreme heat event tomorrow is significant or actually “extreme” relative to the historical record. It may also help assess extreme heat impacts on sectors like agriculture, health, and energy.

NIHHIS Heat Health Social Vulnerability Tool Demoed at American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting 3 November 2019

NIHHIS Heat Health Social Vulnerability Tool Demoed at American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting

The National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) Heat Health and Social Vulnerability tool will be demonstrated as part of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Town Hall in Philadelphia, PA on 3 November 2019. At the event, this NIHHIS application, which was developed in partnership with Esri, CDC, and NOAA, will be used as part of a scenario-based demonstration allowing attendees to learn how to apply downscaled climate projections and census-tract level social vulnerability information to understand where at-risk populations may reside, and specifically what risk factors can be targeted with interventions.

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