It's Getting Hot in Here: Urban Heat Islands in Atlanta

The UrbanHeatATL team hosted an online discussion this March with expert panelists on the science of urban heat islands, their relationship to climate change, and environmental justice. Learn about solutions ranging from urban greenspaces to energy equity with community and climate experts who are advancing climate justice through a lens of racial justice and equity. Explore our preliminary data, learn how to get involved, and make your voice heard!

Additional resources

    • Sign up for the UrbanHeatATL newsletter here
Partnering Organizations:
  • Visit West Atlanta Watershed Alliance here
  • Visit Spelman College Environmental and Health Sciences Program here
  • Visit GT Global Change Program here
  • Visit Partnership for Southern Equity here
  • Visit Harambee House here
  • Visit GT Urban Climate Lab here
  • Visit GT Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain here
  • Visit City of Atlanta Government here
Resources from the panelists:
  • Read about Dr. Marshall Shepherd here
    • For more info on the 3 types of UHIs, Dr. Brad Johnson, a former student of Dr. Shepherd’s, discusses this in a paper here
    • Read a case study of how to transfer knowledge in Savannah, land use planning and urban heat here
    • Learn about sustainable mobility in Atlanta’s Cascade Community here

  • Read about Dr. Jeremy Hoffman here
    • Learn about the program in Richmond that Dr. Hoffman participated in here
    • Explore urban heat island data within the context of redlining here
    • Explore a recent StoryMap Dr. Hoffman’s team released here

  •  Read about Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome here
    • Explore recent papers by Dr. White-Newsome
      • White-Newsome JL.   A Policy Approach Toward Climate Justice. The Black Scholar Vol. 46 , Iss. 3,2016.
      • White-Newsome JL, Rest K. Climate Change and Public Health, ISBN 9780190202453. Chapter 15 Non-governmental Actions by Individuals, Civil Society Organizations, and the Private Sector. Oxford University Press, June 2015.
      • White-Newsome JL, McCormick S, Sampson N, Buxton MA, O’Neill MS, Gronlund CJ, Catalano L, Conlon K, Parker EA. Strategies to Reduce the Harmful Effects of Extreme Heat Events: A Four-City Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 1-x manuscripts; doi:10.3390/ijerph110x0000x.
      • White-Newsome, Jalonne L., Brenda Ekwurzel, Mia Baer-Schultz, Kristie L. Ebi, Marie S. O’Neill, and G. Brooke Anderson. “Survey of County-Level Heat Preparedness and Response to the 2011 Summer Heat in 30 US States.” Environ Health Perspect (2014).
      • White-Newsome JL, Brines SJ, Brown DG, Dvonch JT, Gronlund CJ, Zhang K, Oswald EM, 2013, Validating Satellite-Derived Land Surface Temperature with in-situ Measurements: A Public Health Perspective. O’Neill MS. Environ Health Perspect. doi:10.1289/ehp.1206176.
      • White-Newsome JL, Sanchez BN, Jolliet O, Zhang Z, Parker EA, Dvonch JT, O’Neill MS, 2011, Climate change and health: indoor heat exposure in vulnerable populations. Environ. Res. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2011.10.008.
      • White-Newsome JL, Sanchez BN, Parker EA, Dvonch JT, Zhang Z, O’Neill MS, 2011 Assessing heat-adaptive behaviors among older, urban-dwelling adults. Maturitas, 70:85-91.
      • White-Newsome JL, O’Neill MS, Gronlund CJ, Sunbury TM, Rood RB, Parker EA, Brown DG, Brines SJ, Rivera Z, 2009, Climate change, heat waves and environmental justice: Advancing knowledge and action. Environmental Justice, 2, 197-205.
      • Perera L, Sanford T, White-Newsome JL, Kalkstein LS, Vanos J, Weir K (2012) Heat in the Heartland: 60 years of warming in the Midwest (2012) Union of Concerned Scientists.
      • Oswald EM, Rood RB, Zhang K, Gronlund CJ, O’Neill MS, White-Newsome JL, Brines SJ, Brown DG (2012) An investigation into the spatial variability of near-surface air temperatures in the Detroit, Michigan, metropolitan region. J Appl. Meteor. Climatol. 51, no. 7 (July): 1290-1304
      • Sampson N, Gronlund CJ, Buxton M, Catalano L, White-Newsome JL, Conlon K, O’Neill MS, McCormick S, Parke EA (2012) Staying Cool in a changing climate: reaching vulnerable populations during heat events. Global Environ. Change (2013),
      • Zhang K, Gronlund CJ, White-Newsome JL, O’Neill MS, Oswald E, Rood RB, Brines SJ, Brown DG, Parker EA, 2009, Enhancing Heat Wave Health Warning Systems to Address Within-City Vulnerabilities: A Pilot Study in Wayne County, Michigan. Epidemiology, 20 (6).
Additional Resources:
  • Learn about climate vulnerability in Savannah here
  • Learn about Drawdown Georgia here
  • Learn about the Georgia Climate Project here
  • Learn about Greenprints here
  • Learn about the Smart Sea Level Sensors project here