Exactly How Hot Is Houston? A New Study Will Map This Out.

HARC in the News


By Michael Marks, Texas Standard

The director of the Nature Conservancy’s Houston Healthy Cities program says the “heat map” is a “community science effort.”

It’s no secret that the climate in Houston is hot, but a new research study is set to look into exactly how hot – and the extent to which heat levels vary across the city. The Houston Harris Heat Action Team is leading the effort to create a heat map of the Houston area.

Jaime Gonzalez, director of Houston Healthy Cities programs for the Nature Conservancy, is working on the project. It is a “community science effort,” he told Texas Standard.

“The hope is, that Harris County and the City of Houston, both who are leading local resiliency efforts, working with private nonprofits and business interests, can all get together and identify: where are the real heat pockets in the city and the county; how are these impacting communities; particularly under-resourced communities?” Gonzalez said.

Volunteers start work on Friday. They will mount specialty designed temperature and humidity devices to their cars.


We’re going to see, we think, a really big difference between some neighborhoods that don’t have very many trees, and not a lot of greenery, and those areas which do. And that will help us kind of strategize on where to make interventions to combat this heat.

Mr. Jaime González, The Nature Conservancy