Assistant professors Zoé Hamstead (urban planning) & Nicholas Rajkovich (architecture) join collaborators from Arizona State University and Temple University to examine different ways in which extreme heat and cold impact U.S. cities.
Extreme temperature events cause greater mortality rates than all other weather-related events, with those in low-income and traditionally marginalized communitis most at risk due to variability in infrastructure and social factors. This national study co-led by UB brings leaders in the energy, health and transportation sectors to assess these risks and develop macro and micro strategies that build urban climate resilience to themal extremes for all residents.
The Smart & Connected Management of Thermal Extremes project is focused on case studies from two regions known for severe weather extremes: Erie County, NY and Maricopa County, AZ. The two regions are rather different geographically, socially, in terms of building stock, and climatically. Working alongside community partners and local government officials, the project seeks to coordinate responses to extreme weather.
Workshops in each region will inform researchers about how practitioners in each city manage extreme weather.
$100,000 / 1 year
National Science Foundation
Community Resilience Lab at UB's School of Architecture and Planning