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.
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.
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.
Abstracts due 2 December 2020
18th Annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop (CPASW) - April 14-16, 2020
Integrated theme: “Providing Services for the Cascading Effects of Intensifying Heat in a Rapidly Growing Region”
The 18th Annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop (CPASW) will bring together a diverse community to share developments in research and application of weather and climate information for societal decision-making. Participants will include researchers, service producers, resource managers, planners, practitioners, social scientists, and others making weather and climate-sensitive decisions. NOAA’s National Weather Service Climate Services Branch, Arizona State University, the Arizona State Climate Office, and many climate services partners are collaborating in the organization of the 2020 CPASW.
Our planet has been baking under the sun this summer as temperatures reached the hottest ever recorded and heat waves spread across the globe. While the climate continues to warm, scientists expect the frequency and intensity of heat waves to increase. However, a commonly overlooked aspect is the spatial size of heat waves, despite its important implications.
For additional information about heat health and the NIHHIS, access our briefing sheet.
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