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.
My colleague Sara Meerow, PhD, Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, and I are studying how urban planners address extreme heat. Our goal is to survey planning professionals from a wide range of U.S. communities to better understand how extreme heat risk perceptions, current planning activities, and barriers to action vary across the country. This information will be useful for practitioners and researchers in the effort to create more extreme heat resilient communities.
This survey should only take about 10 minutes and participants will be eligible to win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards upon completing it. Please take it, share it with your urban planning colleagues, and let me know if there is a network you are a part of that we can share the survey with!
Jeremy Hoffman, PhD joined our Extreme Heat Network webinar series to discuss how community-based participatory research campaigns, known as “citizen science”, can aid in the creation of urban heat island maps and increase extreme heat resilience. He will discuss the impacts of campaigns in Richmond, VA, Baltimore, MD, Washington, D.C., and Boston, MA as case studies.
Jeremy Hoffman, PhD is the Chief Scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia. Dr. Hoffman graduated summa cum laude and with Distinction in Geology from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, then earned his Ph.D. in Geology with a focus in Paleoclimatology at Oregon State University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and OMSI Science Communication Fellow. After 2.5 years at the Science Museum of Virginia as their Climate & Earth Science Specialist, producing climate science educational content, he has now assumed the role of Chief Scientist.
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