How Race-Based Redlining Shaped Disparities In Heat Vulnerability Within U.S. Cities

How the discriminatory practice of redlining shaped heat vulnerability in marginalized neighborhoods in cities

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Areas on maps with sizable Black populations were outlined in red (early in the last century) as an indicator to mortgage lenders and other financial institutions. ” According to Brittanica. com, “Neighbourhoods in more-affluent areas, which were deemed the most worthy of loans, were usually outlined in blue or green. ” This practice shaped the social, economic, and political status of many neighborhoods today.

According to the aforementioned study, areas within Dallas, Kansas City, and Baltimore targeted for what the authors called “systematic disinvestment” had higher average land surface temperatures, which is often (but not always) a good indicator of air temperature.

Marshall Shepherd, a leading international expert in weather and climate, was the 2013 President of American Meteorological Society (AMS) and is Director of the University of Georgia’s (UGA) Atmospheric Sciences Program. Dr.

My interest in urban weather collided with a curiosity about social vulnerability in a 2015 study with former graduate student Dr Binita KC, now a data scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Redlining keeps otherwise qualified individuals and families out of certain areas based solely on race or ethnicity. ” It also creates a long-term health risk as climate continues to warm, and heatwave severity increases.

Urban heat islands coupled with extreme heat from summer heatwaves and the backdrop of climate change can place already marginalized communities at greater risk.

Neil Debbage, a professor at University of Texas-San Antonio, ranked the major urban heat islands in the United States.

I am an atmospheric scientist and professor at the University of Georgia who studies extreme weather and climate events.

Shepherd is frequently sought as an expert on weather and climate by major media outlets, the White House, and Congress.

Shepherd is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor and hosts The Weather Channel’s Weather Geeks Podcast, which can be found at all podcast outlets. Prior to UGA, Dr.

It is well known that cities are warmer than surrounding rural or suburban areas because of the urban heat island.

Urban areas have more heat-absorbing materials, less trees, and more human-generated waste heat so tend to be warmer.

A new study points out that it also places certain neighborhoods at greater risks from extreme heat.

She found in her doctoral work that certain counties in Georgia were more vulnerable to extreme climate events because of the socio-economic attributes and lack of resiliency within their populations.

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