Many people understand from their own experience that cities are often hotter than rural areas. Research suggests a difference of 6 to 8ºF. As cities develop, trees and vegetated areas are reduced, natural surfaces are paved, and buildings constructed.
Texas Energy-Water Nexus
In the Texas Energy-Water Nexus Story Map, the relationship between our most coveted natural resource (water) and the driving force behind modern global culture (energy) is explored within the context of the driest drought year in Texas history. Discussion of Texas energy and water resources, how the 2011 drought became the driest on record, and the resulting conflicts from compounding pressures are presented along with interactive content and dynamic maps.