Internet Based Heat Evaluation and Assessment Tool (I-HEAT): Development of a Novel Visualization and Decision-support Tool for Extreme Heat Preparedness in Detroit, Michigan

September 2015

An article about the presentation of the methods and technological infrastructure used to develop the Internet-based Heat Evaluation and Assessment Tool (I-HEAT) published in the Michigan Journal of Sustainability.

Global mean temperatures are projected to rise 2-4 degrees F by the mid twenty-first century, and are expected to be accompanied by more severe and longer periods of extreme heat in particular geographic locations, including regions in the United States. Extensive research on the adverse health effects of extreme heat exposure contribute to focused efforts to reduce exposure via mitigation and adaptation. Efforts such as modifying built environments to reduce ambient temperatures, and increasing outreach to at-risk populations can help ensure healthy, sustainable urban systems. We developed a user-friendly prototype tool that displays where heat-related vulnerability and land surface temperature coincide across Detroit, Michigan. We present the methods and technological infrastructure used to develop the Internet-based Heat Evaluation and Assessment Tool (I-HEAT) in this article published in the Michigan Journal of Sustainability.