SciLine Media Briefing:  Urban Heat: How rising temperatures affect U.S. cities

Daytime temperatures in cities can be as much as 1 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit higher than in nearby rural areas. This “heat island” effect, caused by the absorption and re-emission of heat from buildings, roads, and other urban infrastructure, is worsened by climate change and affects the health of city dwellers. SciLine’s next media briefing will cover the basics of urban heat and related weather patterns, the effects of extreme heat on human health and wellbeing—including disproportionate impacts on low-income populations—and strategies for designing more heat-resilient cities. Three scientific experts will brief reporters, and then take questions on the record.

WHEN: Thursday, July 22, at 3:00 PM ET


  • Dr. Jaime Madrigano, RAND Corporation
  • Dr. Chandana Mitra, Auburn University
  • Dr. Vivek Shandas, Portland State University
  • SciLine Director Rick Weiss will moderate the briefing.

HOW: You must register here to attend.

NOTE: These briefings are open only to members of the media.

YOUR HOST: This media briefing is hosted by SciLine, a philanthropically supported, editorially independent, free service for reporters who cover science, health, and the environment. Based at the nonprofit American Association for the Advancement of Science, SciLine offers journalists access to trustworthy, articulate experts and provides other tools to help make methodically derived scientific evidence easily available to reporters. For more information visit