Heat Islands

Heat Island Resources


  • Urban Heat Island Outreach Materials lists brochures, fact sheets, and other outreach materials on urban heat island formation, planning for excessive heat events, smart growth, and more.
  • Reducing Urban Heat Islands: Compendium of Strategies describes mitigation measures that communities can take to address the negative impacts of urban heat islands.
  • Excessive Heat Events Guidebook helps officials plan for and respond to excessive heat events by highlighting best practices that have been employed to save lives during excessive heat events in different urban areas and providing a menu of options that officials can use to respond to these events in their communities.
  • Climate Change and Extreme Heat Events (PDF) (20 pp, 3.3MB, About PDF), published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, describes extreme heat events, how they affect public health, and how to prepare for and respond to extreme heat events. It also explains how the frequency, duration, and severity of extreme heat events are increasing as a result of climate change, and includes links to local program and real-world examples from across the country.

Scientific Papers and Presentations

  • Science Corner contains a list of reports and research papers on urban heat islands, including impacts of the heat island effect, case studies, potential benefits of mitigation strategies, and more.

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Other Resources

  • Newsroom provides recent news items from the media related to urban heat islands and heat island mitigation.
  • Calendar lists upcoming events related to urban heat islands and mitigation strategies.
  • Related Links contains links to sites with information and other resources related to urban heat islands, organized by topic.
  • EPA's Heat Island Newsletter keeps you informed with periodic announcements of funding opportunities, webcasts, publications, and events of interest to the urban heat island community. To sign up for the newsletter, please complete and submit the signup form.
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