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How can Southern California survive the heat crisis?

How can Southern California survive the heat crisis?
How can Southern California survive the heat crisis?

Morgan Levy

Morgan Levy

“We know that trees make places cooler,” she notes. “But in an environment where we adapt to heat, we need to understand how certain amounts and types of vegetation can have significant cooling effects, especially from a health perspective.”

Armed with data on plants and heat in Southern California and working with community partners across the region such as Tree San DiegoLevy’s group is studying the resources needed to maintain trees in urban environments and the critical role that water supplies and water infrastructure play in maintaining and sustaining this cooling effect.

In an arid area like Southern California, where water supplies are already limited, increased vegetation to reduce heat means increasing water demands, Levy explains, adding that the goal of the Heat Hub is to identify sustainable greening strategies that can provide significant cooling benefits without straining water supplies.

As the interdisciplinary collaboration at the SoCal Heat Hub progresses, Levy and her team aim to develop actionable urban planning designs that outline optimal greening plans to reduce temperatures. She believes San Diego is the ideal place to study this particular topic.

“In Southern California alone, there are a number of large coastal cities. And the coasts, because of their physical and socioeconomic diversity, provide a perfect scientific environment for experimentation and discovery,” says Levy. “All of this creates a really good research environment.”

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