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The National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS), in partnership with Climate Adaptation Planning and Analytics (CAPA) Strategies, is pleased to announce that we will be accepting applications from groups of organizations interested in participating in the 2022 cohort of NIHHIS-CAPA Urban Heat Island mapping campaigns. Pending the availability of funds for FY22 (see FAQ for more details), and the amount of matching funds provided by communities, we anticipate being able to support campaigns in 5 to 10 communities.

Over the past five years, NOAA (Office of Education, Climate Program Office, National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS)) has funded CAPA Heat Watch to support 40+ communities across the United States in mapping their urban heat islands (UHI). CAPA Strategies has developed a process to help cities plan and execute a volunteer-based community science field campaign that builds upon local partnerships, engages residents in a scientific study to map and understand how heat is distributed in their communities, and produces high-quality outputs that have been used in city sustainability plans, public health practices, urban forestry, research projects, and other engagement activities.

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These community science field campaigns are an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about the many impacts of extreme heat and the factors that may affect the uneven distribution of heat throughout a community. It is also an opportunity to teach aspiring young scientists about how scientific field campaigns are conducted, consists of volunteers learning about urban heat in a training session, attaching sensors to their vehicles, and driving pre-mapped transects through their cities to collect temperature and humidity data that is linked to GPS coordinates.

The final product of the community science field campaigns is a set of high resolution air temperature and humidity data, and a report by CAPA Strategies that provides a detailed analysis of distribution of heat in the morning, afternoon and evening. Interactive, high resolution web maps of the modeled air temperature and heat index are also provided.. The maps are produced using a machine learning process that combines satellite imagery and air temperature and humidity readings collected by volunteers during the campaign. For more information consult a recent publication on the mapping process [https://doi.org/10.3390/cli7010005].

Application Deadline: January 14, 2022