The Effects of Urban Heat Islands on Racial Distribution
Track: Urban and Regional Planning
Authors: Qisheng Pan
This study examines the relationship between urban heat island (UHI) and racial distribution in urban area. It employs Harris County in Texas as a study area. It measures the UHI and learns the socioeconomic characteristics of urban residents from census data. The relationship between warming temperatures and racial distribution is found significant positive in Houston. The physical planning strategies for warming mitigation can be incorporated into an environmental justice framework.