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July 15, 2019

Hyperlocal mapping within urban heat islands for future forecasting

Researchers lay the groundwork for high resolution "heat maps" to protect residents and improve city planning

A quick check on a smartphone will provide you with the day's expected high temperature, but what if you could find out how hot it's going to be in your neighborhood? That type of finely tuned heat forecast would be as much for health as convenience. In fact, it could save lives. With support from NSF, a multidisciplinary University of Georgia team is compiling highly detailed, fine-resolution maps of the "urban heat island" in their town of Athens, Georgia. They're figuring out how temperatures vary in a city, block-by-block, so people can better prepare for severe heat in the future.

The research in this episode was supported by NSF grant #1637277, "A Sensor Cloud-based Community-Centric Approach for Analyzing and Mitigating Urban Heat Hazards."

Miles O'Brien, Science Nation Correspondent
Kate Tobin, Science Nation Producer

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