Exposing Heat Stress Differential within the Urban Heat Island

About the Scholar: Pioneer Scholar Olivia is from Kingston, Massachusetts, where she attended Sacred Heart High School

The Research:

Olivia gathered temperature data in Boston to determine whether heat is spread evenly throughout the city. Using particle temperature and humidity sensors, she found that higher income areas of Boston have lower temperatures than low income areas with large quantities of cement and asphalt.

Olivia’s findings point to a disparity in “heat stress,” the phenomenon whereby elevated temperatures increase risks for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Currently,  lower income neighborhoods are more likely to suffer from heat stress. But Olivia’s research encourages initiatives to increase access to green spaces in lower income areas – improving human health and quality of life.

ClientThe Car Rental Co
SkillsPhotography / Media Production

Project Title

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