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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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.
The City of Miami and the Miami Downtown Development Authority asked the Urban Land Institute to conduct an Advisory Services panel to provide recommendations for addressing waterfront resilience and mitigating the effects of sea level rise along Biscayne Bay and the Miami River. They asked us to focus on four key areas: design, finance, policy, and implementation. As a part of the five day process, the panel toured sites along the bayfront and riverfront and interviewed over 80 stakeholders. The panel came up with strategic, independent recommendations that take a holistic approach to resilience for the urban waterfront with specific recommendations around waterfront design guidelines, infrastructure finance, community engagement, and leveraging past plans and studies into actions moving forward.
Summary of Recommendations
Embrace the legacy of the waterfront through design to protect from water, live with water, and create value from water.
Return to Miami’s history and embrace sensitive transit-oriented development (TOD) on the ridge for future growth.
Bring existing plans and visions together, act on strategies, and evaluate outcomes.
Pursue a portfolio of financial strategies to become the world leader in resilient finance, investment, and construction.
Reduce uncertainty for the community and private market through predictability, transparency, and accountability.
Incremental actions can lead to transformational changes.