The urban heat island effect can raise the temperature in cities, but urban tree canopy can help keep neighborhoods cool

Different parts of a city can be many degrees warmer than others at the same time. What does this mean for the health of residents, and how can cities keep cool in a warming climate? Learn about recent research into the urban heat island effect, and efforts to combat it in the city of Baltimore, with ramifications for other cities across the Chesapeake region.

  • Produced by Will Parson
  • Music/Audio: "Relay 7" by Blue Dot Sessions via
  • Photography: Photos of Vivek Shandas courtesy Jeremy Hoffman, Science Museum of Virginia; Heat map graphic courtesy NOAA, using data from the Portland State SUPR Lab
  • Special thanks to Jeremy Hoffman, Jennifer Guild, Mark Conway and Sheila McMenamin

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