GLRPPR Sector Resource: Heat Island Effect
Heat Island Effect
The site provides basic information about the heat island effect, as well as detailed findings for individuals and organizations interested in taking action to cool their community. Site content includes two three-minute videos produced by The Weather Channel cable network, an archive of newsletters from EPA’s Heat Island Reduction Initiative, and a series of scientific reports. Visitors to the site can learn about how elevated urban temperatures can pose environmental and health risks for communities. They can also explore the energy savings and other benefits of heat island reduction strategies, such as installing cool roofs, planting shade trees, and using light-colored pavement materials. The site also describes research projects, including findings from the Urban Heat Island Pilot Project in which EPA partnered with five cities to study the impacts of heat islands and promote practical mitigation opportunities. The term “heat island” refers to the phenomenon where cities and suburban areas are 2 to 10 degrees F (1-6 degrees Celsius) warmer than nearby rural areas.
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