As this summer heats up, Indiana University is partnering with two cities to find out what parts of those communities get the hottest and who is most vulnerable to extreme heat.
Clarksville and Richmond will participate in the two-year program in collaboration with IU’s Environmental Resilience Institute and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
Dana Habeeb is an assistant professor in IU's Department of Informatics. She studies how things like buildings and roads affect the environment and public health. Habeeb said it’s important for cities to know how temperatures vary in their communities and why.
“So we can imagine like a really downtown area with a lot of impervious surfaces or parking lots are going to be a lot hotter than, say, single-family residential areas that might have a lot of tree canopy or a lot of park space," she said.