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Ashden, K-CEP and ClimateWorks Foundation
Alternatives such as air conditioning are out of reach for many, and create emissions that fuel the climate emergency. Fair cooling is the future – but it isn’t spreading fast enough. That’s why Ashden, K-CEP and ClimateWorks Foundation have launched the $1 million Fair Cooling Fund, an ambitious project scaling up the impact of frontline fair cooling solutions.
The Fair Cooling Fund is helping eight organisations scale up their fair cooling innovation or deliver fair cooling for the first time. Organisations will receive a grant, tailored business support and global networking opportunities.
Those taking part include businesses, social enterprises and city authorities. All are committed to working closely with the vulnerable communities most at risk from heat stress. At the heart of the project is a co-operative, collaborative approach – innovators are learning from each other and inspire change beyond their own organisation.
As well as supporting fair cooling pioneers, the fund is raising the profile of cooling issues with policymakers, investors and other crucial audiences. A challenge this huge demands local, national and international action.
For more information about the fund, contact FairCoolingFund@Ashden.org.
The Steering Group (SG) of the High Impact Weather (HIWeather) Project provides endorsement for projects, programs and initiatives that plan to contribute to the goals of HIWeather as outlined in the HIWeather Implementation Plan.
Projects seeking endorsement through HIWeather may either be funded or in the process of seeking funding.
For more information and Endorsement form: HIWeather Endorsement
Call for Papers
ISPRS Intl Journal of Geo-Information
The concept of local climatic zones (LCZs) has become a widely recognized standard for the description of urban climate sites, gaining substantial attention from scholars worldwide in recent years. The original concept was extended to the mapping of urban and suburban landscapes, resulting in widespread application in urban climate research and beyond. With such a radical shift in the LCZ concept, new problems were identified (e.g. the quality and level of GIS data detail, user accuracy, appropriate resolution, spatio-temporal variability, level of generalization, and standardization of classification). Most popular among authors dealing with LCZ delineation are methods based on widely available remote sensing data. The majority of such studies, however, have reported user accuracy inappropriate for recent urban climate science, demanding exact data for modeling and for application in real urban planning. We therefore have devote ed this Special Issue to GIS-based methods of LCZ delineation and their application to the development of high-quality LCZ data. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Innovative GIS-based LCZ mapping methods; Analyses on producer and user accuracy for GIS-based/other methods; Studies on spatiotemporal variability of thermal exposure in LCZs; Application of LCZ concept in urban areas.
The Adaptation Fund has launched a new USD 10 million pilot small grants programme (Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator) targeting a broad range of potential finance recipients, including governments, non-governmental organizations, community groups, young innovators and other groups.
UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering
Deadline: December 6, 2020
The UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering is looking for a research fellow/senior research fellow to take part in a new Wellcome Trust funded project: Health and Economic impacts of Reducing Overheating in Cities.
National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) | 2020
Deadline: January 8, 2021
NOAA’s Climate Program Office and the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS), in partnership with Climate Adaptation Planning and Analytics (CAPA) Strategies, are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications from organizations interested in participating in the 2021 cohort of NIHHIS-CAPA Urban Heat Island mapping campaigns. Pending the availability of funds for FY21 (see FAQ for more details), and the amount of matching funds provided by communities, we anticipate being able to provide financial assistance to support campaigns in 5 to 10 communities.
Over the past three years, NOAA has funded CAPA Heat Watch to support 21 communities across the United States in mapping their urban heat islands (UHI). CAPA Strategies has developed a process to help cities plan and execute a volunteer-based community science field campaign that builds upon local partnerships, engages residents in a scientific study to map and understand how heat is distributed in their communities, and produces high-quality outputs that have been used in city sustainability plans, public health practices, urban forestry, research projects, and other engagement activities.
These community science field campaigns are an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about the many impacts of extreme heat and the factors that may affect the uneven distribution of heat throughout a community. It is also an opportunity to teach aspiring young scientists about how scientific field campaigns are conducted, consists of volunteers learning about urban heat in a training session, attaching sensors to their vehicles, and driving pre-mapped transects through their cities to collect temperature and humidity data that is linked to GPS coordinates.
The final product of the community science field campaigns is a set of high resolution air temperature and humidity data, and a report by CAPA Strategies that provides a detailed analysis of distribution of heat in the morning, afternoon and evening. Interactive, high resolution web maps of the modeled air temperature and heat index are also provided.. The maps are produced using a machine learning process that combines satellite imagery and air temperature and humidity readings collected by volunteers during the campaign. For more information consult a recent publication on the mapping process [https://doi.org/10.3390/cli7010005].
Communities interested in applying to run a campaign with NOAA support in 2021 are encouraged to reach out to many potential partners/organizations as soon as possible to build a network for organizing volunteers and for identifying uses for the resulting datasets and products from the campaigns. Please review the information below, and let us know if you have any questions by reaching out to NIHHIS@noaa.gov. Questions specific to the application form can be directed to email@example.com
Call for Papers
Special issue of Sustainability
Deadline: January 31, 2021
Anthropogenic activities are dramatically impacting the quality of our environment, and this is especially the case in cities. Factors such as the sealing of soil, contamination of water and air, and emission of atmospheric greenhouse gases are combining to make the urban environment less livable. Efforts to better understand these problems have been intensifying within the scientific community, with res search focusing on topics related to environmental quality and human health, the urban heat island, outdoor thermal comfort, and urban air quality. These phenomena have been analyzed from the microscale to the city level, using approaches such as field monitoring, remote sensing, and simulation models. Unfortunately, however, these diverse aspects of urbanization are rarely integrated in a systematic way in the actual development process. This Special Issue aims to collect works that improve on this knowledge, and enrich our common understanding of how urban design can positively or negatively affect the quality of the urban environment. The focus is on outdoor thermal comfort and air quality, with emphasis placed on studies showing how research can be integrated into the design process and how policies can enhance the environmental effectiveness of concrete urban interventions.
Guest Editors: Luciano Massetti, David Pearlmutter