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Webinar: Investigate Options 3 – Green Cooling Infrastructure

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Online

Sep 30, 2021

One of the most popular interventions is planting trees, and creating accessible green spaces and water features to mitigate heat, long term. This session will cover tree canopy assessment, planting and cooling strategies, combined with strengthening community cohesion and resiliency. Threaded throughout is the intersection with environmental justice, public health, crime reduction, and equitable approaches to improvements that benefit current residents.

Webinar: Investigate Options 4 – Community Engagement, Outreach, Education

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Online

Oct 12, 2021

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NIHHIS Urban Heat Island Community of Practice Webinar Series

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Online

Sep 13, 2021 - Oct 12, 2021

This summer, the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) and its partners are hosting a webinar series to feature community case studies on what happens after Urban Heat Island mapping campaigns are conducted. Each webinar will be themed to follow the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit’s (CRT) Steps to Resilience framework and how cities are working to address extreme heat risk. Sessions will be added throughout the summer as they are scheduled. See here  for the most up to date information.
  • Webinar 1: Exploring the Heat Hazard
  • Webinar 2: Constructing Heat Vulnerability Indices
  • Webinar 3: Investigate Options 1 - The power of the Pen: Policies, Standards, Codes etc...
  • Webinar 4: Investigate Options 2 - Structural & Physical Infrastructure
  • Webinar 5: Investigate Options 3 - Green/Blue Infrastructure
  • Webinar 6: Investigate Options 4 - Community Engagement, Outreach, Education
  • Webinar 7: Prioritize and Plan - Heat in All Plans (Climate, Hazard, Resilience, Sustainability)

Webinar: Investigate Options 2 – Structural & Physical Infrastructure

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Online

Sep 13, 2021

This session will feature communities that have implemented solutions to make their built environment cooler and more resilient to heat. A common action to manage urban heat risk is increasing the albedo of surfaces - rooftops, streets, sidewalks, and walls - but cities have a variety of options to choose from to provide indoor and outdoor thermal comfort. The session will provide resources and suggestions for participants just getting started thinking about which cool solutions in the built environment can be part of their portfolio of actions to mitigate urban heat risk.

Webinar: Thermal Remote Sensing of Urban Climates

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Online

Sep 8, 2021

This webinar will discuss the current status and future directions in using remote sensing in urban climate research. It will explore the growing use of thermal remote sensing in urban climate research while detailing fundamental definitions and applications of this methodology.

Agenda:

  • "Challenges of global SUHI analysis " by Professor Benjamin Bechtel (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Benjamin Bechtel holds a professorship in Urban Climatology at the Department of Geography, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. Before he was a Research Associate with the Cluster of Excellence CliSAP, University of Hamburg. His research interests include crowdsourcing and urban remote sensing, in particular, the characterization of urban surfaces and thermal remote sensing for applications in urban climatology. Dr. Bechtel received the dissertation award 2013 for physical geography of the Verband der Geographen an Deutschen Hochschulen (VGDH) for his Ph.D. thesis on “Remote sensing of urban canopy parameters for enhanced modelling and climate-related classification of urban structures”; his habilitation was on “Advancements in urban- and topoclimatic observations and modelling – Remote Sensing, Crowd-Sourcing and Data Fusion”. He serves as a board member of the International Association for Urban Climate, as a steering committee member of the Belgian research project REACT, Associate Editor for Frontiers in Remote Sensing, and as a reviewer and guest editor for several international journals and funding agencies.
  • "(In)complete urban surface temperatures " by Professor James Voogt (University of Western Ontario)
James Voogt is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Canada. He is an urban climatologist who specializes in the measurement and modelling of urban surface temperatures. He received his BSc in 1986 from Queen’s University and MSc (1989) and PhD (1995) from the University of British Columbia. He has contributed to research projects on understanding the three dimensional surface temperature of cities, thermal anisotropy over urban areas, the use of remotely sensed surface temperatures in urban climate model evaluation, the climate performance of green roofs, and spatial variations in the heat impacts on urban residents. Dr. Voogt is a past president of the International Association for Urban Climate and a co-author of the text ‘Urban Climates’ published by Cambridge University Press.
  • Facilitated Q&A and discussions.
The webinar will be recorded and shared with the community so that people who are unavailable or in inconvenient time zones are able to follow the presentations and discussion.  

Masterclass: Early Warning Systems for Heat Stress Management

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Online

Sep 2, 2021

Early Warning Systems (EWS) for heatwaves are a critical component of an effective Heat Action Plan (HAP). Early prediction and warning of heat alerts are important adaptation measures for increasing the preparedness of the agencies/stakeholders involved in the implementation of HAPs. The South Asia Heat Health Information Network (SAHHIN) invites you to its upcoming Global Masterclass on ‘ Early Warning Systems for Heat Stress Management’ by expert Prof. Ajit Tyagi, Senior Advisor, IRADe & Former DG, India Meteorological Department, GoI. The masterclass will brief about the importance of EWS, the range of EWS, and their role in HAPs.

11th International Conference on Urban Climate

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Sydney, Australia

Aug 29, 2021 - Sep 2, 2021

The general theme of the ICUC-11 conference is “Cities as Living Labs: Climate, Vulnerability, and Multidisciplinary Solutions.”​ Accordingly, the organizing committee has identified six scientific streams for ICUC11, with each stream covering various sessions and plenaries. These streams include:​ Urban climate processes​; Urban climate methods​; Biometeorology & health​; Integrated assessments of urban climate​; Climate-conscious design and sustainable development​; Urban climate policy.

Webinar: Global Master Class on Climate Adaptive Heat Action Plans

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Online

Aug 25, 2021

The IPCC AR6 states that it is virtually certain that hot extremes (including heatwaves) have become more frequent and more intense across most land regions. With the forecast of increased frequency and intensity of heatwaves due to climate change in the future, the heat stress action plans are key to city adaptation strategies. This master class is an introduction to design Climate Adaptive Heat Action Plans which will enable the cities to efficiently prepare, mitigate and adapt to the heat stress-induced by climate change. The South Asia Heat Health Information Network (SAHHIN) is pleased to invite you to its upcoming Global Master Class on ‘Climate Adaptive Heat Action Plans’ by expert Mr. Rohit Magotra, Deputy Director, IRADe.
This masterclass will provide an understanding of Heat Action Plan features, along with identification and mapping of heat hot spots/urban heat islands and developing heat adaptation strategies for managing heat stress for cities.
Aug 25, 2021 04:30 PM in India