Presenter(s): Carolynne Hultquist and Cascade Tuholske, Center for International Earth Science Information Network
This webinar will introduce two new datasets released by NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC): Global High Resolution Daily Extreme Urban Heat Exposure (UHE-Daily) v1 (1983-2016) and U.S. Social Vulnerability Index Grids v1 (2000, 2010, 2014, 2016, and 2018). UHE-Daily is a global inventory of extreme heat events covering more than 13,000 urban settlements from 1983 - 2016 across five different extreme heat thresholds. It includes the number of people exposed to each heat event as well as 34-year exposure trends. The U.S. Social Vulnerability Index Grids data set contains gridded layers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) for the overall score from 15 variables and four sub-category themes (Socioeconomic, Household Composition & Disability, Minority Status & Language, and Housing Type & Transportation) based on census tract level inputs. The webinar will introduce the datasets and provide brief tutorials in Python and QGIS.
Carolynne Hultquist is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at the Columbia Climate School, Columbia University. Hultquist specializes in developing computational methods for the fusion and validation of spatial data sources to better understand complex environments, especially vulnerability in relation to climate hazards. She holds a Ph.D. (2019) from the Pennsylvania State University in Geography and Social Data Analytics.
Cascade Tuholske is an Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research Scientist working with the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESN) at the Columbia Climate School, Columbia University. His research centers on the intersection of climate change, urbanization, and food security, with a recent focus on mapping urban extreme heat exposure worldwide. He received his PhD in 2020 from the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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