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Author

National Integrated Heat Health Information System

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography, Health

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Data

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Extreme Heat Vulnerability Mapping Tool

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Synopsis
  • This interactive tool displays which counties in America are most vulnerable to extreme heat, social factors contributing to a county's overall vulnerability index, and how vulnerabilities are projected to intensify in future decades.
  • Students will use a map, datasets, and data visualizations to understand how location and demographics impact how susceptible to heat effects a county's inhabitants are.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • There are many options to manipulate the view to gain even more insight.
  • There is a search bar on the map to pinpoint an exact address.

Additional Prerequisites

  • To optimize the view, set your browser's zoom to 90% when viewing this tool.
  • To alter the interactive charts, click on the counties under "Most Vulnerable" or "Most Vulnerable by Theme."
  • Students should know how to read graphs and charts.
  • Students should understand the health impacts of extreme heat.

Differentiation

  • Teachers can use this interactive tool as a conceptual introduction to environmental racism.
  • Language arts students can use this interactive tool to write a research paper on which United States regions are most vulnerable to climate change.
  • This interactive tool can enhance a classroom discussion on why extreme heat impacts certain groups more than others.
  • Civics students can consider how our country can support the most vulnerable groups before, during, and after extreme heat events.
  • For students who are overwhelmed by a lot of information on one screen, teachers may wish to select a few areas on the map and data visualizations to screenshot, crop, and analyze in isolation.
Scientist Notes
The resource investigates social vulnerability and forecasts climate risk in the future. It measures influential indices of socioeconomic position and social vulnerability. The approach is free of scientific misunderstandings, and using this resource in the classroom is advised.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS2: Earth’s Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
      • HS-ESS2-4 Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.9-12.12 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • Health Education
    • Standard 1: Health Concepts
      • 1.4.9-D Students analyze how one's environment and other factors impact personal health.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 1 (F1): Students understand the geography of the United States and various regions of the world and the effect of geographic influences on decisions about the present and future by analyzing the local, national, and global geographic data on physical, environmental, and cultural processes that shape and change places and regions.
      • Geography 1 (D3): Students understand the geography of the United States and various regions of the world and the effect of geographic influences on decisions about the present and future by describing the major regions of the Earth and their major physical, environmental, and cultural features using a variety of geographic tools, including digital tools and resources.
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