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Urban Heat Islands in Jackson, MS


In 2020, 2˚C Mississippi in partnership with the City of Jackson secured funding through NOAA’s Climate Program Office and the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) and technical assistance from CAPA Strategies for a community science urban heat island (UHI) mapping campaign. 

In August 2020, 2˚C Mississippi's volunteers along with students from Jackson State University’s School of Public Health, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, School of Medicine and dozens of citizen scientists from Jackson worked together to collect data on heat distribution in the city.

The campaign produced data that along with socio-economic evidence enables Jackson to maximize its investments in targeted, community-driven interventions.

The data is publicly available, upon request: send to

To see heat mitigating projects driven by the UHI data in Jackson go to:

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