RCN-SEES: Urban Heat Island Network

October 1st, 2012 - September 30th, 2016 | PROJECT

Three and a half billion people currently live in cities, and this is projected to rise to six billion by 2050. In much of the world, cities are warming at twice the rate of rural areas and the frequency of urban heat waves is expected to increase with climate change throughout the 21st century. Addressing the economic, environmental and human costs of urban heat islands requires a better understanding of these complex systems from many disciplinary perspectives. The goal of this four-year Urban Heat Island Network is to advance multidisciplinary understanding of urban heat islands, examine how they can be ameliorated through engineering and design practices, and share these new insights with a wide array of stakeholders responsible for managing urban warming so that the health, economic, and environmental impacts can be reduced.

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Team Members

Peter Snyder, Principal Investigator, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Patrick Hamilton, Co-Principal Investigator, Science Museum of Minnesota
Brian Stone, Co-Principal Investigator, Georgia Tech
Tracy Twine, Co-Principal Investigator, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
J. Marshall Shepherd, Co-Principal Investigator, University of Georgia


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 1231325
Funding Amount: 749732


Access and Inclusion: Urban
Audience: Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists
Discipline: Climate | Health and medicine
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Community Outreach Programs | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Public Programs | Resource Centers and Networks