Participation and Engagement of Public Health Stakeholders in Climate and Health Adaptation

I have a new co-authored journal paper out on engaging public health stakeholders for climate adaption! Using a case study of Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) Coalition on Climate Change and Public Health workgroup and the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) program, we explored the role of scientist-public health stakeholder collaborations. We discuss the important role public health organizations can play in convening bodies for broader adaptation efforts, the benefits of analyzing and addressing gaps in stakeholder networks, and the need for sustained funding for more robust climate adaptation efforts.

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Citation

Austhof, Erika, Vjollca Berisha, Ben McMahan, Gigi Owen, Ladd Keith, Matthew Roach, and Heidi E. Brown. 2020. Engaging public health stakeholders in climate and health adaptation. Atmosphere, 11(3), 265. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11030265

Extreme Heat Network Webinar with Pete Aniello

Rapid Production of Urban Heat Island Maps for the U.S.

Pete Aniello joined our Extreme Heat Network webinar series to present The Trust for Public Land‘s new urban heat island dataset. The publicly accessible dataset is analysis-ready and contains the relative heat severity for every pixel for 14,000 cities, towns, and census-designated places in the United States. The 30-meter resolution raster was derived from Landsat 8 imagery band 10 (ground-level thermal sensor) from the summers of 2018 and 2019.

Pete Aniello, Senior Manager of Science and Analytics at The Trust for Public Land (TPL), has over 30 years of experience in the geospatial field and is TPL’s technical lead for geospatial analysis. Prior to TPL, Pete worked at Sandia National Laboratories as a senior scientist; Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) as a technical manager; Digital Globe as a photogrammetrist; Raytheon as a program manager of the ASTER Digital Elevation Model (DEM) program; and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) as a geospatial analyst. Pete graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Kansas, and a Master of Engineering in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Colorado – Denver. He is an American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Certified Photogrammetrist (CP), and an Esri ArcGIS Certified Desktop Professional. He has been a resident of the southwest for 20 years and currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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America Adapts Podcast Episode on Extreme Heat

I’m very excited to share that I was a guest on the America Adapts podcast for its first episode focused on extreme heat! America Adapts is a podcast hosted by my colleague and friend, Doug Parsons, with over a hundred episodes exploring climate change, its impacts, and our responses with scientists, activists, policymakers, and climate communicators.

In the extreme heat episode, we discuss the contributors to extreme heat including climate change and the urban heat island effect; the impacts of extreme heat on public health, the economy, urban ecology and more; some strategies that cities are using to increase their resilience to increasing extreme heat risk; and more broadly how urban planning is addressing climate change as a discipline. We only had time to scratch the surface of all that is going on in research and practice for extreme heat, but my hope is that the episode serves as a good introduction for those interested in the topic.

Listen here: Fundamentals of Extreme Heat and Climate Change with Dr. Ladd Keith of University of Arizona

Doug and I recording the podcast episode in my office on campus.

Extreme Heat Resources

Below are several of the resources I mentioned throughout the podcast episode.

Extreme Heat Reports

Initiatives and Networks

U.S. Climate Change Information