With a combined population of more than 2.4 million people, El Paso-Juárez is the largest cross-border metropolitan area in the United States and Mexico. The vast majority of the inhabitants live on the Mexican side of the border. Located in the Chihuahuan desert, the area has an arid climate and experiences hot summers with an average high of 88 °F (31 °C). In 2017, the City of El Paso adopted a Resilience Strategic Plan that aims at transforming the city into smart and resilient city. In collaboration with Miroslav Svitek from CVUT (Czech Technical University in Prague), we have been working on this Smart Border project presenting the comparative assessment of urban heat vulnerability for El Paso, USA and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico as a part of smart resilient city index.
We define relevant indices to take into consideration for heat assessment for both cities.
Based on our algorithm, we map the sub-indices and combine them to create the Urban Heat Vulnerability Map to identify which public transport stops are the most vulnerable to extreme heat.