Title Designing a Geospatial Information Infrastructure for the Mitigation of Heat Wave Hazards in Urban Areas
Type Publication
Abstract The goal of this study was to evaluate how geospatial information technologies can enhance understanding, communication, and effectiveness in the prevention and mitigation of urban heat wave impacts. The paper recently published in Natural Hazards Review on designing geospatial information infrastructure for the mitigation of heat wave hazards in urban areas reviews the causes, characteristics, and consequences of the phenomenon known as the \x{201C}urban heat island\x{201D}. The enhancement of extreme heat in and by cities explains why extreme heat may be a more significant health threat in cities as compared to rural environments. The primary focus of the article is a discussion of how geospatial information technologies might be applied to an improved understanding of human vulnerabilities to extreme heat in urban environments and recommendations for enhanced mitigation strategies.
Participants Olga Wilhelmi
Kathy Purvis
Robert Harriss
Start Date 2003
Keywords Decision Making
Extreme Climate
Heat Waves
Natural Hazards
Remote Sensing
Research Themes Vulnerability, Adaptation, Thresholds and Resilience


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