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NOAA and communities to map heat inequities in 14 U.S. cities and counties


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Communities will use maps to inform efforts to combat extreme heat

April 26, 2022

Extreme heat kills more Americans than any other weather event, but not everyone’s risk is the same. This summer, NOAA and community scientists will map the hottest parts of 14 U.S. cities and counties and, for the first time, two international cities.

"Extreme heat kills more Americans than any other weather event and has the greatest impact on our nation's most vulnerable communities," said Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves. "Fortunately, our talented and dedicated researchers and scientists at NOAA are working directly with communities across the country to help them take action to manage extreme heat. As climate change worsens heat waves, this critical information will help bring local and equitable solutions for those facing the greatest threats."


NOAA’s mapping program is part of the Biden Administration’s Justice40 initiative, a whole-of-government effort to ensure that federal agencies work with states and local communities to make good on President Biden’s promise to deliver 40% of benefits from federal investment in climate and clean energy to disadvantaged communities. When evaluating applications for the 2022 heat island mapping campaigns, the NIHHIS team gave significant weight to applications emphasizing environmental justice. Communities involved in the 2022 program will assist with tracking and reporting the allocation of benefits to ensure adequate inclusion of environmental justice communities, and these outcomes will be shared with the White House.

To keep up with the summer 2022 campaigns, subscribe to the Heat Beat Newsletter offsite link, check out the NIHHIS website, or follow #UrbanHeatMaps2022 on social media. 



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