Phoenix Heat Stress

Phoenix Heat Stress:assessment of local-level vulnerability and adaptive capacity to extreme heat

This study is focused on theoretical and methodological advancements for assessing local-level vulnerability and adaptive capacity to extreme heat events. A framework for assessing extreme heat vulnerability has been developed by Wilhelmi and Hayden (2010). The framework explores links between quantitative and qualitative data for a more comprehensive understanding of local-level vulnerability and adaptive capacity to extreme heat events. The research team successfully conducted a field project (i.e., door-to-door household survey) in Phoenix, Arizona that characterized differential adaptive capacity to extreme heat among most vulnerable urban population and provided recommendations for more targeted interventions and reducing social vulnerability to heat (Hayden et al. in review).  Current research investigates links between survey-based household and Census-based neighborhood-level data to improve spatial assessments of societal vulnerability to extreme heat.

Participants: 

Olga Wilhelmi (NCAR/RAL)
Mary Hayden (NCAR/RAL)
Hannah Brenkert-Smith (U. Colorado))
Sharon Harlan (Arizona State University)
Tammy Greasby (NCAR/IMAGe)

Funding: 

NCAR base. NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation