This poster will summarize the goals and methods of a new multi-institution interdisciplinary project which aims to develop an integrated analysis framework to evaluate human response to, and impact on, heat waves and episodes of poor air quality. This framework will link models of meteorology, air quality, energy consumption and human response, incorporating feedback mechanisms among individual modules. The data required to develop and validate this analysis framework will include (1) survey instruments to quantify human activity response functions; (2) field measurement campaigns to spatially resolve air pollution and meteorological conditions; and (3) energy and transportation data to quantify anthropogenic waste heat release. The scientific objectives of this study will be tightly coupled with the interdisciplinary environmental science/policy education of participants across the educational spectrum (high school students, teachers, undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and faculty). While the analytical framework developed in this project will be generally applicable to any urban area, it will be implemented for two test sites where diverse response characteristics are likely - Portland Oregon, and Houston Texas.
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