Located in the middle of the Mojave Desert, the driest of the four North American deserts, Las Vegas is the fastest-warming city in the United States. Before the 2008 housing crisis, hundreds of miles of desert landscape were paved over with heat-absorbing asphalt and concrete, worsening the “heat island” effect in the cauldron-like valley. Outward growth also led to vehicles motoring further across the sprawling metropolis, increasing heat-trapping carbon emissions. Clark County, by far the most populous county in Nevada, counts 2.3 millions inhabitants in 2020 (and is expected to reach 3m by 2060). To protect the population from heat events consequences, the authorities decided to take action.
We study the urban needs.
We define relevant indices to take into consideration for heat assessment.
Based on our algorithm, we map the sub-indices and combine them to create the Urban Heat Vulnerability Map.
We customise environmental solutions to cool down critical hotspots.