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DC team analyses preliminary 911 data and makes initial assumptions of areas most susceptible to heat

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DC team analyses preliminary 911 data and makes initial assumptions of areas most susceptible to heat

The DC team met on March 13th to discuss the preliminary results. The data that they received from the DC Fire and Emergency Management Services (FEMS) Department reveals that there is a high incidence if 911 calls in Wards 2, 5, 7 & 8. Many downtown calls had no home address, presumably indicating that they […]

DC Obtains 9-1-1 Data to Advance UHI Project

DC UHI Project

The DC team obtained a list of 9-1-1 calls from March 2010 to March 2015 to determine the locations with the greatest density of heat-related incidents in the District. While evaluating the 9-1-1 data, the team discovered that most of the 9-1-1 calls are not being recorded by emergency operators as heat-related incidents. Rather, some […]

DC gathers data, protects human subjects

The DC team is taking steps towards gathering heat-related data while maintaining the integrity of human subjects. Alexis Goggans notes that the team intends to overlay different layers of relevant data for determining heat vulnerability (tree cover, building age, etc.) with a map of 911 calls reporting heat-related incidents. The team anticipates that these data […]

Mapping Data Acquired

  The DC team has received new data, and is well on their way to creating the maps needed for their analysis. Updated LIDAR data will provide Juan Declet-Barreto with the land use/land cover information he will need to create maps of predicted areas of extreme heat. Olga Wilhelmi has provided heat-related search terms to […]

Mapping Extreme Heat

  TEX and ICLEI partner city, Washington, D.C., are interested in understanding how extreme heat might be mitigated as part of the city’s first climate adaptation plan. The city began mapping heat vulnerability with a team of climate scientists. The timing of the collaboration with TEX is ideal due to current drafting of the adaptation […]