Extreme heat events in Minnesota are already occurring and are expected to become more common, more severe, and longer lasting as our climate changes. Understanding local vulnerabilities and taking appropriate environmental and community measures to ensure that people can stay cool and hydrated during an extreme heat event are instrumental to preventing heat-related health impacts.
To support this process, the state of Minnesota Climate & Health Program, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota U-Spatial, just released an online Heat Vulnerability in Minnesota Assessment Tool. The tool helps visualize datasets that can contribute to a community’s vulnerability and serves as a launching point for streamlining local solutions to protect health and increase climate resilience.
Interested in using the tool for your community and creating an assessment? Join the hands-on workshop from 3-4:30 p.m. during the MN Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP) Conference on Jan. 22. Workshop participants will gain a deeper understanding about heat vulnerability and leave the workshop with a completed heat vulnerability assessment for their own jurisdiction (participants should bring their own laptop to create a customized assessment).