The Impact of Heat Island Reduction Strategies on Health-Debilitating Oppressive Air Masses in Urban Areas

A study evaluating the mortality attributed to actual extreme heat events in Detroit, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and New Orleans.  Scenarios with urban fabrics higher albedos (10% improvements and 20% improvements) and greater vegetative cover suggest  reductions in mortality during extreme heat events when cool surfaces are used to reduce urban temperatures.

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Produced for US EPA’s Heat Island Reduction Initiative

Publication Date: May 2003

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