Extreme heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the United States, more than hurricanes and tornadoes combined. Disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable community members, heat extremes are particularly deadly in densely populated urban centers such as Atlanta. In many other cities, maximum urban heating often occurs in locations that reflect the compound impacts of historic racism, including redlining.
Community members in Atlanta, along with students from Georgia Tech and Spelman College, are in charge of collecting data for the urban heat campaign using a small temperature sensor. These data help us map urban heat islands in Atlanta, especially as these urban heat islands relate to the impact of climate change on frontline communities.
Assistant Professor of Environmental and Health Sciences, Spelman College
Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Tech