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NIHHIS and NOAA Environmental VizLab Collaborate on Urban Heat Island App 27 April 2021

NIHHIS and NOAA Environmental VizLab Collaborate on Urban Heat Island App

The app provides easy access to data from the NOAA urban heat island mapping campaigns for researchers, government offices, and other users. 

CPO and Community Scientists to Map Urban Heat Inequities in 11 States 14 April 2021

CPO and Community Scientists to Map Urban Heat Inequities in 11 States

To learn where action is needed to protect vulnerable populations now and in the future, CPO’s National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) and partners are launching new community-led campaigns that will map the hottest parts of cities in 11 states across the country this summer. The communities include Albuquerque, New Mexico; Atlanta; New York City; Charleston, South Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Raleigh & Durham, North Carolina; San Diego; San Francisco; and parts of New Jersey, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Virginia. 

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.

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.

Eight cities slated to run Urban Heat Island mapping campaigns in summer 2019 21 June 2019

Eight cities slated to run Urban Heat Island mapping campaigns in summer 2019

Community organizers in eight U.S. cities have been offered support for UHI mapping campaigns through the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) and CPO’s Communication, Education, and Engagement Division.

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