OU researchers receive grant to study heat islands in Oklahoma City

A new study indicates socially-disadvantaged neighborhoods in Oklahoma City are more likely to experience extreme heat than more affluent areas, and a new grant will help map areas with need.

Researchers from the University of Oklahoma won a grant from NASA to index heat in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Oklahoma City is one of 18 communities across the U.S. that is participating in NOAA’s Urban Heat Island mapping campaign.

Rachel Riley, a climatologist at OU and director of the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program, said urban heat islands are areas within a city with a high concentration of concrete and asphalt and a low concentration of trees and grass.

Heat islands can increase an area’s temperature by 20 degrees.

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