Understanding Urban Heat: New Heat Map of Philadelphia Reveals Local Landscape Effects
- A new high-resolution heat map of Philadelphia, PA has been developed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to provide a more accurate representation of the temperature and humidity experienced during hot urban summer days.
- The heat map, created using data collected in the summer of 2022, takes into account the impact of local landscape features on heat.
- Multiple partner organizations, including TNC, collected data on temperature, humidity, and landscape characteristics to create the map.
- The map reveals the variation in heat across different areas of Philadelphia and highlights how landscape features such as tree cover and building materials affect temperature and humidity.
- Urban heat islands, areas with significantly higher temperatures than surrounding rural areas, are identified and visualized on the heat map.
The new high-resolution heat map of Philadelphia developed by The Nature Conservancy provides valuable insights into the impact of local landscape features on temperature and humidity. This comprehensive heat map highlights the variation in heat across different areas of the city and identifies urban heat islands. By understanding these local effects, urban planners and policymakers can make informed decisions to mitigate the urban heat island effect and create more comfortable environments for residents.