Heat Adaptation in Cities: Science, Policy, and Design II: Vulnerability

Type: Paper
Theme: The Changing North American Continent
Sponsor Groups: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group, Climate Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Tower Court D, Sheraton, IM Pei Tower, Second Floor Level
Organizers: V. Kelly Turner
Chairs: Emma French

Description

AAG 2020 Denver CFP: Heat Adaptation in Cities: Science, Policy, and Design

Organizers: V. Kelly Turner (vkturner@ucla.edu) and Emma M. French (emmafrench@ucla.edu), University of California Los Angeles

Specialty Group Sponsors: Climate; Hazards, Risks, and Disasters; Human Dimensions of Global Change

Heat is a central climate adaptation issue for cities, which can be 10°F hotter than surrounding areas due to the Urban Heat Island (UHI). Extreme heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths and it is understood that current estimates likely under-count the extent of heat-related morbidity and mortality. Heat exposure and sensitivity is uneven across cities, contributing to higher heat-related vulnerability among lower income communities and people of color that may lack access to key resources like shade and air conditioning. Climate change will compound the problem, adding additional and more intense extreme heat days annually. Cities have begun to respond to the challenge with design interventions such as urban greening, cool surface technology and other policies intended to reduce temperatures and heat exposure. Yet, the effectiveness of such interventions in practice is not well understood, particularly considering trade-offs between interventions, different heat reduction goals (land surface temperature, air temperature, thermal comfort), and other dimensions of urban sustainability. We invite papers that untangle relationships between heat, policy, and design in cities. We welcome a wide range of approaches inclusive of large scale assessments, modeling, case studies, theoretical explorations, and applied work. Potential topic areas include, but are not limited to:

Exploring the causes and consequences of land change and urban design on UHI, microclimate, and thermal comfort;
Evaluation of policies, initiatives, and interventions designed to mitigate or cope with extreme heat;
Analysis of trade-offs and synergies associated with different heat adaptation strategies;
Discussions of vulnerability to heat and environmental justice;
Assessments of future urban heat conditions under different climate change and adaptation scenarios.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter David Keellings*, University of Alabama, Erin Bunting, Michigan State University, Increase in Size and Severity of Heat Waves Across the United States 15 11:10 AM
Presenter Maria Castro-Cosio*, MDRC, Power to Adapt: Aftermath of a Heatwave in New York 15 11:25 AM
Presenter Qunshan Zhao*, University of Glasgow, Chuyuan Wang, Knowledge Exchange for Resilience, Arizona State University, Patricia Solis, Knowledge Exchange for Resilience, Arizona State University, Elizabeth Wentz, Knowledge Exchange for Resilience, Arizona State University, Understanding indoor/outdoor heat-related mortality in Maricopa county, Arizona via advanced spatial statistics techniques 15 11:40 AM
Presenter Juliane Kemen*, University Hospital Bonn, Institute for Hygiene and Public Health, Silvia Schäffer-Gemein, University Hospital Bonn, Institute for Hygiene and Public Health, Thomas Kistemann, University Hospital Bonn, Institute for Hygiene and Public Health, Risk perception and heat protection behavior of older adults in the city of Cologne, Germany 15 11:55 AM
Discussant Scott Sheridan Kent State University 15 12:10 PM

To access contact information login