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ATL Heat Watch Campaign

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Atlanta ranks among the most heat-vulnerable cities in the country

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Atlanta ranks among the most heat-vulnerable cities in the country. The combination of rapid warming and a high prevalence of poverty amongst urban residents greatly elevates the risk of heat illness and mortality during heatwave events. People of color in Atlanta are confronting a greater risk of heat vulnerability than perhaps any other group in the United States.
To better understand the heat in ATL, 60 volunteers conducted a field campaign to map heat over ATL on September 4, 2021. We will present our campaign, results, sensors, during a panel discussion about the urban heat island effects and their relationship to climate change and environmental justice.

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