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MPE 2013+ Workshop on Urban Environmental Sustainability in a Smart and Connected World

August 05, 2018 - August 07, 2018

Location:

University of Georgia

Organizer(s):

Margaret (Midge) Cozzens, DIMACS

Andrew Grundstein, University of Georgia

Deepak Mishra, University of Georgia

Laksmish Ramaswamy, University of Georgia

Urban areas account for nearly 80% of heat-trapping GHG emissions, yet emissions are highly varied both within and across cities depending on each city’s mix of population and energy consumption features. Techniques for estimating future emissions under a range of population growth and urban development scenarios will be a focus of much of the discussion.  A second central theme is the impact of the urban heat island effect  (UHI)  on health and environmental resources.

This workshop will focus on three main areas “Smart strategies to Monitor UHIs”, “UHI and Health Hazards”, and “Impact of Urban Heat on other Environmental Resources”.

 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dinner for out of town attendees (By Invitation Only)

 

Monday, August 6, 2018

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast (Dogwood Hall)

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Introduction

Deepak Mishra, University of Georgia

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Overview of Parent Project

Margaret (Midge) Cozzens, DIMACS

Session - Session 1 - UHI Monitoring (Room: F/G)
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Remote Sensing of Surface Urban Heat Islands: Progresses and Prospects

Qihao Weng, Indiana State University

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Continuous Monitoring of Personal Ambient Temperature in an Occupational Exposed Population

Maggie Sugg, Appalachian State University

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Light Refreshments Break (Kellogg Concourse)

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Healthy Spaces in Hot Places: Innovative Monitoring for Children’s Well-being

Jennifer Vanos, Arizona State University

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

City Scanner: Building and Scheduling a Mobile Sensing Platform for Smart City Services

Priyanka deSouza, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch (Dogwood Hall)

Session - Session 2 - UHI and Health I (Room: F/G)
1:00 PM - 1:40 PM

Attribution of Heat-Related Mortality to Urban Heat Effects in Maricopa County, AZ

David Hondula, Arizona State University

1:40 PM - 2:20 PM

Estimating Arbovirus Transmission in the City: Variation in Microclimate and Effects on Vectorial Capacity

Courtney Murdock, University of Georgia

2:20 PM - 3:00 PM

The Use of Different Measures of Heat Stress to Model Mortality in Urban vs. Rural Regions of North Carolina

Jordan Clark, University of North Carolina

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Light Refreshments Break (Kellogg Concourse)

Session - Session 3 - UHI and Health II
3:30 PM - 4:10 PM

Warm Season Temperatures and Morbidity in Atlanta

Stephanie Ebelt Sarnat, Emory University

4:10 PM - 4:50 PM

Heat, Air Pollution and Kidney Disease

Vaughn Barry, Emory University

4:50 PM - 5:30 PM

Relationships between Maximum Temperature and Heat Illness in Urban and Rural Regions of North Carolina and the Development of a Web-based Tool to Predict Emergency Room Visits

Charles Konrad, University of North Carolina

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dinner (By Invitation Only)

 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast (Breakfast – Room J; Attendees can eat in F/G or Kellogg Concourse)

Session - Session 4 – Advances and Issues in Environmental Monitoring (Room: F/G)
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Math Curriculum for Sustainability Minors

Joyati Debnath, Winona State University

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

SCOUTS: A Smart Community Centric Urban Heat Monitoring Framework

Navid Hashemi, University of Georgia

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Physics Guided and Adaptive Approach for Mobile Fine-Grained Environmental Monitoring

Shijia Pan, Carnegie Mellon University

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Light Refreshments Break (Kellogg Concourse)

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Cyber-Physical-Social Approaches to Smart Environmental Monitoring: Challenges and Techniques

Laksmish Ramaswamy, University of Georgia

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Conclusion and Group Discussions – Moderator: Andrew Grundstein

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch (Room J)

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Poster Presentation (Kellogg Concourse)

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Light Refreshments Break (Kellogg Concourse)

 

Goal: The elevated temperature in urban areas as compared to less developed areas is referred to as the urban heat island effect (UHI). According to the EPA, many U.S. cities have air temperatures up to 22°F (12°C) warmer than the surrounding natural land cover. The difference is usually larger during winter and windless periods.  The main trigger of UHI is the massive changes in land surface due to urban development and is exacerbated by the extra heat generated from energy consumption. UHIs can create adverse social, economic, and public health impacts namely increased energy consumption, elevated air pollution, compromised human health and comfort, and degraded water quality. Comprehensive monitoring and impact assessment can help reduce the severity of UHIs. The goal of this workshop is to bring together a group of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers  in Mathematics, Computer Science, Geography, Public Health, Ecology, and Environmental Science to discuss ways to accurately monitor and mitigate UHI impacts in urban communities. The presentations and discussion will be categorized into three themes namely “Innovative UHI monitoring strategies”, “Public health impact of UHI”, “Impact of UHIs on other urban environmental resources”.  A secondary goal of this workshop is to form a “UHI Impact Analysis Working Group” for future collaborative research efforts.

 

How to apply:  Please send an email indicating your interest in attending the workshop and the approximate amount you need for travel to Midge (Margaret) Cozzens at mcozzens@dimacs.rutgers.edu with copies to Chris Spassione at spassion@dimacs.rutgers.edu and Deepak Mishra atdmishra@uga.edu. We especially encourage graduate students to attend.

 

Speaker List: (others to be added)

Dr. Vaughn Barry, Research Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

Jordan Clark, Graduate Student, Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The use of different measures of heat stress to model mortality in urban vs. rural regions of North Carolina

Dr. David Hondula, Senior Sustainability Scientist

Julie Ann Wrigley, Global Institute of Sustainability, Assistant Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University.

Dr. Charles Konrad, Associate Professor, Geography, Director of the Southeast Regional Climate Center (SERCC), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Relationships between maximum temperature and heat illness in urban and rural regions of North Carolina and the development of a web-based tool to predict emergency room visits.

Dr. Courtney Murdock, Assistant Professor, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia.

Dr. Stefanie Ebelt Sarnat, Associate Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

Dr. Jennifer Vanos, Assistant Professor, Department Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California San Diego, Healthy Spaces in Hot Places: Innovative Monitoring for Children’s Well-being.

Dr. Qihao Weng, Director, Center for Urban and Environmental Change, Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Systems, Indiana State University, Remote Sensing of Surface Urban Heat Islands: Progresses and Prospects.

Dr. Michael C. Wimberly, Senior Scientist, Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence, Professor, Department of Natural Resource Management, South Dakota State University.

 

Hotel Information: 

University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602-3603
Reservations: (706) 542-2134

Website: https://www.hotel.uga.edu/?gclid=CjwKCAjw14rbBRB3EiwAKeoG_7IqcFLtj5icUvq7v__B752Rx-szYl4slsxYhBI8ktdPPTi0yhOg3hoCX7YQAvD_BwE
Group Sales: (706) 542-2654
sales@georgiacenter.uga.edu

Shuttle Information:
ATHENS Groome Transportation
3190 Atlanta Hwy. Suite 22
Athens, GA 30606
(706) 612-1155
athensoffice@groometrans.com
https://groometransportation.com/athens/
Shuttle comes from ATL airport to UGA campus (produce receipt for reimbursement after the workshop is over).