New Data Reveals Neighborhoods Impacted by Urban Heat Island Effect

HARC in the News


By Houston Mayor's Office

January 5, 2021 — On August 7, 2020, the Houston Harris Heat Action Team (H3AT)—a collaboration between Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), the City of HoustonHarris County Public Health (HCPH), and The Nature Conservancy of Texas (TNC) – held a one-day urban heat island mapping effort with the help of 84 community scientists, and funding support from Lowe’s and Shell. The effort was part of the 2020 Heat Watch program led by CAPA Strategies

and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and it resulted in a total of 320 square miles of Houston and Harris County being mapped by local residents. To collect the data, participants attached specially designed thermal sensors to their vehicles and traversed selected routes at three designated periods of time (6-7 AM, 3-4 PM, and 7-8 PM).


We look forward to continue working with the Houston Harris Heat Action Team and other partners to combine this data with other observations and models in ways that will help improve health impacts and resilience to heat.

Lisa Gonzalez, HARC, President and CEO