Heat Resilience in Cities: Science, Policy, and Design

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group Curated Track
Sponsor Groups: Climate Specialty Group, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PST)
Room: Virtual 7
Organizers: V. Kelly Turner
Chairs: V. Kelly Turner


Heat is a central climate adaptation issue for cities, which can be 10°F hotter than surrounding areas due to the Urban Heat Island effect. Extreme heat is a 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 such as shade and air conditioning. Climate change will compound the problem, adding and intensifying 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, models, 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 urban heat, 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.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Alisa L. Hass*, Middle Tennessee State University, Maggie Sugg, Appalachian State University, Do the extreme heat and dryness resulting from flash droughts affect mortality in the Southeastern US? 15 8:00 AM
Presenter Scott Sheridan*, Kent State University, P Grady Dixon, Fort Hays State University, Adam J Kalkstein, United States Military Academy, Michael J Allen, Old Dominion University, Recent trends in heat-related mortality in the US 15 8:15 AM
Presenter Morgan Rogers*, University of California - Los Angeles, V. Kelly Turner, University of California Los Angeles Luskin School of Public Affairs and Luskin Center for Innovation , Ariane Middel, Arizona State University School of Arts, Media and Engineering, Jon Ocon, University of California Los Angeles, Department of Geography, Matthew Stiller, Kenth State University, Evaluating micro-scale cooling interventions 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Dana Habeeb, Indiana University, Alexander Hayes, Indiana University, April Byrne, Indiana University, Conor Nolan, Indiana University, Samantha Hamlin*, Indiana University, Using green infrastructure to reduce urban heat islands and building energy use 15 8:45 AM
Presenter Michelle Dornath-Mohr*, University of Alabama in Huntsville, The Impact of Anthropogenic Modification of Rural Vegetation on Surface Urban Heat Island Intensity 15 9:00 AM

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