Mapping Hot Spots Using Satellites to Prepare for UK Summer
Mapping Hot Spots Using Satellites to Prepare for UK Summer Heatwave
May 15th, 2020 by Susan Smith
Bristol, UK, Earth observation company 4 Earth Intelligence has created a UK street level map of ‘at risk’ areas to help plan for and manage the effects of extreme hot weather conditions using satellites. Their Heat Hazard Postcode data is being made available free at the point of use to national organizations and multi-agency partnerships, such as Local Resilience Forums, that are currently battling the coronavirus pandemic. Created with support from the Ordnance Survey through their Covid-19 Response licensing, the data is expected to be helpful in determining geographic areas experiencing extreme heat this summer.
Derived from satellite imagery and created using automated algorithms, the data identifies hot spots within urban areas where temperatures are generally higher forming an Urban Heat Island. Because of global warming, average temperatures forecasted for the summer of 2020 are already being predicted as one of the hottest on record, and it is expected to severely stress stretched public resources. In 2019 the heatwave resulted in almost 900 additional deaths in England. Experts predict that if the population is still in lockdown, that the figures for 2020 could be a lot higher.
Heatwaves historically can cause more fatalities. Increased daytime temperatures...