Atlas of the Week: Urban Heat Islands in the U.S.

My atlas choice is “Urban Heat Island Severity for U.S. cities.- 2019”. This map shows all of the urban heat islands in U.S. cities from 2019. In our course, we’ve talked a lot about counter-mapping but I think this map can be used comparatively with a map about poverty to show how dangerous urban heat islands are. Comparing maps could be another form of counter-mapping and this map would be a great map to start comparing things like poverty, environmental racism, air pollution and so many other things that overlap with urban heat islands.

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