Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Tim Kreps

Degree Award Date

Spring 4-29-2023


Urban Heat Islands, Public Policy, Co-Production, Cool Roofs, Green Infrastructure, SUHI, UHI, AUHI


American Politics | Sustainability


The Urban Heat Island effect (UHI) is a phenomenon where urban centers are hotter than their surrounding rural counterparts. Ever since it was first discovered there have been a variety of methods of mapping this effect from using terrestrial sensors to satellites. This study attempts to evaluate different mapping methods, specifically two different satellite methods (ECOSTRESS and MODIS). As well as a community driven mapping method that involved terrestrial sensors attached to cars. This study then discusses remedies to the UHI and documents efforts to remedy it through a partnership between researchers, the community, and the city of Harrisonburg as well as future efforts that are slated to be completed.