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CPO's Hunter Jones Featured in Weather-Ready Nation’s Social Equity-Focused Roundtable

On Tuesday, April 27th at 10am ET, CPO’s Hunter Jones joined Dr. Louis Uccellini (NWS Director), Mary Erickson (NWS Deputy Director), Bradley Dean (FEMA), Daisy Rivenbark (NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing), and Dr. Kim Klockow (CIMMS/NSSL) at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Washington forum. The forum addressed the role of Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) in achieving social equity for all Americans. Jones discussed the social equity implications of extreme heat and highlight the community science urban heat island mapping campaigns, funded by the CPO-led National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS). The campaigns provide vital information about the distribution of temperatures across neighborhoods in cities to support urban heat risk mitigation now and in the future.

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