As part of a regional climate preparedness plan, we aim to assess human resiliency (and its counterpart vulnerability) to heat stress and degraded air quality within Portland, Oregon at a neighborhood scale. While extensive research has focused on conceptual description of resiliency and the extent to which human communities are impacted by urban heat stress and degraded air quality, few studies integrate cross-disciplinary university researchers with community-based practitioners to gather and represent landscapes of resiliency. Such integrative knowledge is essential for developing, implementing, and evaluating municipal mitigation and adaptation plans that address climate change.
Where places in your city have the dirtiest air quality and hottest days during the summer?
What neighborhoods and citizens of your city can benefit most with more trees?