Nature: Deploy heat officers, policies and metrics

I am thrilled to have a new Comment piece on heat governance, Deploy heat officers, policies and metrics, published in Nature with coauthors Sara Meerow, David M. Hondula, V. Kelly Turner, and James C. Arnott. “Heat is an outlier hazard — invisible, frequently chronic and subtly pervasive. Unlike for flooding or wildfire, no single organization… Continue reading Nature: Deploy heat officers, policies and metrics

American Planning Association: Urban Heat Resilience

I’m happy to share the American Planning Association (APA)’s Planning Advisory Service (PAS) QuickNotes #95 on Urban Heat Resilience written by myself and Sara Meerow is now available! In this PAS QuickNotes we explain trends in increasing extreme heat risk, describe the concept of heat resilience, and provide an overview of heat mitigation and management… Continue reading American Planning Association: Urban Heat Resilience

Op-Ed: Cities must plan for heat resilience now

Daytime temperatures during the Pacific Northwest heatwave. Image source: climate.gov

With the increased attention to extreme heat events after the U.S. Southwest and then U.S. Pacific Northwest and Canadian heatwaves in June 2021, I wrote an op-ed piece on the urgent need to plan for heat resilience with Sara Meerow for the Reuters Thomson Foundation. A few short exceprts: Summer just started in the Northern… Continue reading Op-Ed: Cities must plan for heat resilience now

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… Continue reading Planning for extreme heat: A review

Masterclass: Innovations in heat planning research and practice

As part of the Global Heat Health Information Network (GHHIN)‘s virtual forum this summer, I organized a masterclass on urban planning and governance for heat-health for June 16, 2020. With Roop Singh moderating, myself, Sara Meerow, Dave Hondula, and Ryan Winkle presented on the current state and innovations in urban planning, design and governance for… Continue reading Masterclass: Innovations in heat planning research and practice