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Designing A Geospatial Information Infrastructure For
The Mitigation Of Heat Wave Hazards In Urban Areas?

By   Olga V. Wilhelmi1, Kathleen L. Purvis2, and Robert C. Harriss1

Submitted to Natural Hazards Review


Extreme heat is a natural hazard that could rapidly increase in magnitude in the 21st century. The combination of increasing urbanization of the world’s population, increasing numbers of vulnerable people, and global warming indicate an urgent need for improved heat wave mitigation and response systems. A review of the literature on heat wave impacts in urban environments and on human health reveals opportunities for improved synthesis, integration, and sharing of information resources that relate to the spatial and temporal nature of threats posed by extreme heat. We illustrate how remote sensing and Geographic Information System tools and information can provide a framework for improvements in mitigation and response to urban heat waves.

1 Environmental and Societal Impacts Group, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, 80307-3000
2 The Claremont Colleges, Joint Science Department, 925 N. Mills Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

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