Media Briefing: NOAA Summer 2021 urban heat mapping

NOAA, partners and volunteers to launch research in 11 states
April 6, 2021
Suzanne Simpson from Bayou Land Conservancy and Erin Valley Donato from the Houston Zoo were part of the volunteer team that collected heat data in the Houston area last summer to help produce Heat Island maps for the community.

Media are invited to hear from a panel of experts about this summer’s NOAA and partner urban heat island mapping research that will take place in communities in 11 states from coast to coast.

Extreme heat kills more Americans than any other weather event. Data from the research will be used to produce detailed local maps that can help city officials and community groups consider and plan actions to protect people from extremely high temperatures. The mapping projects will involve citizen volunteers, community coordinators, NOAA and partner scientists.

This summer’s research will take place in the following communities:

Atlanta, New York City, San Francisco, San Diego, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Charleston, South Carolina; Jersey City, Newark, and Elizabeth, New Jersey; Kansas City, Missouri; Raleigh & Durham, North Carolina; several communities around Boston; and communities in Virginia and Indiana.


Media Briefing: 2021 urban heat island mapping research


Wednesday, April 14, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT


GoToWebinar: Journalists can register hereoffsite link for the briefing.


  • Hunter Jones, climate and health project manager, NOAA Climate Program Office
  • Vivek Shandas, climate consultant and professor, CAPA Strategies
  • Kacey Wilkins, communications and marketing, Houston Area Advanced Research Center
  • Mose Buchele, senior correspondent for energy and environment, KUT
  • Tom Di Liberto of NOAA Climate Program Office and Bernadette Woods Placky of Climate Matters will moderate the panel and Q and A with reporters.

Media contact

Monica Allen, NOAA Communications, 202-379-6693