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Planning for extreme heat: A review

Check out my new open access literature review paper with Sara Meerow and Tess Wagner, where we present the current state of planning for extreme heat, find many papers focused on mapping and modeling heat but far less on urban planning and governance, and discuss challenges and opportunities in research and practice!

Abstract

Extreme heat is a growing concern for cities, with both climate change and the urban heat island (UHI) effect increasingly impacting public health, economies, urban infrastructure, and urban ecology. To better understand the current state of planning for extreme heat, we conducted a systematic literature review. We found that most of the research focuses on UHI mapping and modeling, while few studies delve into extreme heat planning and governance processes. An in-depth review of this literature reveals common institutional, policy, and informational barriers and strategies for overcoming them. Identified challenges include siloed heat governance and research that limit cross-governmental and interdisciplinary collaboration; complex, context-specific, and diverse heat resilience strategies; the need to combine extreme heat “risk management” strategies (focused on preparing and responding to extreme heat events) and “design of the built environment” strategies (spatial planning and design interventions that intentionally reduce urban temperatures); and the need for extensive, multidisciplinary data and tools that are often not readily available. These challenges point to several avenues for future heat planning research. Ultimately, we argue that planners have an important role to play in building heat resilience and conclude by identifying areas where scholars and practitioners can work together to advance our understanding of extreme heat planning.

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Keith, Ladd, Sara Meerow, and Tess Wagner. 2020. Planning for extreme heat: A review. Journal of Extreme Events. 6(3&4), 2050003.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S2345737620500037

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An Equity-Focused Approach to Urban Heat Resilience

Kizzy Charles-Guzman, Deputy Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, gave the keynote public lecture for our Advancing the Theory and Practice of Urban Heat Resilience workshop in October 2020. The workshop was organized by myself and several colleagues, had the participation of the nation’s leading urban heat researchers and practitioners, and was generously hosted by the Aspen Global Change Institute. The workshop and its proceedings will lay the groundwork for the next decade of actionable science on urban heat resilience. A workshop summary and findings are forthcoming and Kizzy’s exciting public lecture was recorded and is available to view now if you missed it!

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Podcast on Redlining and Urban Heat

I enjoyed this timely conversation on redlining and urban heat with Illume Advising‘s Anne Dougherty, Founder and Co-Owner, and Amanda Maass, Consultant, on the Current: An Energy Podcast. We reflected on the recently published New York Times article, How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering, and how those same trends are reflected in Tucson’s built environment.

Listen to the full episode on either Soundcloud or iTunes.