Virtual OMSI Science Pub: Urban Climate Science | 2020 Earth Day, Learn More About Portland’s Heat Islands
Urban Climate Science: Advancing an Equitable Agenda to Address Climate Impacts in the Region with Vivek Shandas, PhD, Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University and founder of the Sustainable Urban Places Research (SUPR) Lab
As climate change turns up the heat in Portland, some parts of the city are feeling the burn more than others. Paved surfaces, buildings, and large roadways can amplify the heat of a summer day, creating “heat islands” in parts of the city that can be 15 degrees hotter than shaded, tree-covered areas like Forest Park. More than being simply uncomfortable, these pockets of extreme heat can present serious health hazards – especially to lower-income people and people of color, who are more likely to live in the affected areas.
In his special pre-Earth Day talk, Dr. Shandas will discuss how climate change is affecting us here and now in Portland. He will explain his groundbreaking research that shows how past city planning decisions set the stage for urban heat islands and racial inequity – and the exciting ways that local researchers, city agencies, and volunteer community scientists are teaming up to tackle the problem and help the Portland region adapt to our changing climate.
How to watch the event:
Go to OMSI’s main facebook page at 6:15pm. Here’s a link: https://www.facebook.com/omsi.museum/ You DO NOT need to have a Facebook account to watch the live stream. Also, watch for scammers trying to get you to sign up for the event. OMSI will NOT send you a request to sign up to view the Facebook Live event.
If you are unable to join us live, the video will automatically post OMSI’s Facebook Videos.
Each event will begin with our 10 question trivia game. Grab a pencil and paper and compete against your family! We will also host Q&A after the lecture. In order to ask a question, all you have to do is comment on Facebook.
Thanks to our video partner, Selestream for providing the live-streaming of Science Pub and thanks to Fingers Crossed Interpreting for providing the ASL interpreting!