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Impacts and Adaptation > Urban Heat Island Resources
NY Metropolitan Area
Impacts & Adaptation Resources > Urban Heat Island > General
Chicago’s Urban Heat Island Initiative
The Urban Heat Island Initiative of the City of Chicago serves to educate the public, local businesses and government about the urban heat island effect, and measures that can be taken to cool the city. It includes specific information, examples and general resources about the use of light covered surfaces for buildings and roads, as well as the planting of urban trees and gardens in strategic locations to reduce heat generation and cooling costs.
Cool Communities
  Publication information

Cool Communities is a U.S.-based non-profit advocacy program advancing the use of design systems to reduce heat and improve air quality in urban areas. Nationally, the program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Although this Cool Communities Website is the Georgia program, the site contains information about porous paving and reflective surfaces, and numerous links to other organizations, research, reports and published articles.

EPA: Heat Island Effect
  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Information about Heat Island Effect.
Heat Island Group
  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
The Heat Island Group researches solutions to the heat island effect, which includes the impacts of cooler roofing and pavement materials as well as urban planting programs. The Heat Island Group also develops guideline standards to mitigate the heat island effect through regional and local building design codes. The website includes descriptions of their projects, and online reports and articles.
Profitable Environmental and Energy Solutions through Urban Heat Island Mitigation
  Global Environmental Management (GEM)
GEM is an environmental technology firm specializing in energy efficiency and air quality solutions through Urban Heat Island Mitigation (UHIM) programs, and providing products and services to support Cool-Roof incentive programs.
Urban Climatology and Air Quality
  NASA Marchall Space Flight Center, Global Hydrology & Climate Center (GHCC)
The Urban Heat Island and Air Quality studies seek to observe, measure, model, and analyze how rapid growth or urban areas impacts the region's climate and air quality. The site describes The Urban Heat Island Pilot Project sponsored by the EPA and NASA, which is developing “best practices” for cities to mitigate the urban heat island effect. There are numerous links to new articles and other organizations and projects, as well as educational material right on the site.
The Urban Heat Island Phenomenon and Potential Mitigation Strategies
  1999 National Planning Conference Proceedings Authors: M.G. EstesJr., V. Gorsevski, C. Russell, D. Quattrochi, and J. Luvall
A survey of urban heat island research is provided to describe how heat islands develop, urban landscape and meteorological characteristics that facilitate development, use of aircraft remote sensing data, and why heat islands are of interest to planners, elected officials, and the public. The roles of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), other federal agencies, national laboratories and universities, state and local governments, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in studying the urban heat island effect and developing mitigation strategies are explored. Barriers that hamper mitigation efforts and case studies in Atlanta and Salt Lake City are discussed.
Urban Heat Island Summit: Mitigation of and Adaptation to Extreme Summer Heat. Agenda and presentations
  Toronto Atmospheric Fund and the Clean Air Partnership, May 1-4, 2002, Toronto, Canada
The North American Urban Heat Island Summit was a gathering of researchers, municipal leaders and practitioners form across Canada and the U.S. to discuss trends and challenges, best practices and the latest science on heat island adaptation and mitigation measures. Final papers and presentations from the Summit can be downloaded from the site.
Impacts & Adaptation Resources > Urban Heat Island > NY Metro
Cool City Project: NYC Urban Heat Island Mitigation Strategies
  Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University, Research Initiatives
The Cool City Project, a research project at Columbia University, is an involvement between community-based organizations and residents to define and develop strategies for urban heat island mitigation, in order to evaluate the most effective institutional mechanisms and public policies for further implementation of UHI mitigation within New York City. This project is a collaboration between urban planners, architects, economists, health scientists and geophysicists in order to identify neighborhoods with the highest surface temperatures; identify effective institutional mechanisms and economic incentives to promote the adoption of neighborhood-based heat island mitigation and energy conservation measures, and assess their environmental and public health impacts.
Hot Nights in the City: Global Warming, Sea-Level Rise and the New York Metropolitan Region
  Environmental Defense Fund, 36pp., 1999 Authors: J. Bloomfield, M. Smith, and N. Thompson [Staff Scientist]
This report is one of EDF's regional impacts studies, focusing on implications of climate change for the New York metropolitan area: sea-level rise and flooding, extreme heat and air quality. The report draws attention to human health and coastal impacts on homes, businesses and infrastructure based on several warming scenarios for the City. (PDF)
Modeling Heat and Air Quality Impacts of Changing Urban Land Uses and Climate
  New York Climate & Health Project, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
A brief description of a current research project at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, examining the potential public health impacts of heat and air pollution under future scenario's of climate change and land use in the NYC metropolitan region.
New York City in 2050
  Science Friday, National Public Radio, January 23, 2004
National Public Radio's, Science Friday takes a look at what New York City might be like in the year 2050, after a century of human-induced climate change. Sustainable design, from green office buildings to living roofs, is discussed.
Urban Heat Island and Climate Change: An Assessment of Interacting and Possible Adaptations in the Camden, New Jersey Region
  NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection, Research Project Summary, April 2004 Authors: W.D. Solecki, C. Rosenzweig, G. Pope, M. Chopping, R. Goldberg, and A. Polissar
This report summarizes a project to raise awareness among policy-makers and the general public about the existence and causes of the Urban Heat Island, to enable them to make informed decision about minimizing impacts on air quality, human health, energy demand and regional economy and to provide tools for Urban Heat Island mitigation under changing climate conditions. [PDF]
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