World Habitat Day

10-03-2022 07:59 AM
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The first Monday of October is World Habitat Day. A day to reflect on the state of human habitats (cities, towns, communities) and the right to shelter for all. This year's World Habitat Day is dedicated to shedding light on the issues of inequality in human settlements. Health crises, conflicts, and climate change leave many without access to shelter.

These lessons show how GIS can be used to increase access to shelter for varying community needs like an incoming storm or heat wave.


Map where cooling centers would be the most impactful

Cooling centers are public spaces in the community with air conditioning, cold water, and other amenities that offer protection against the health effects of extreme heat. To meet city goals, you want to understand where cooling centers should be located to support the most vulnerable and historically underserved communities in the county.


Shade equity - determine tree planting locations

Trees provide shade, lower surface and air temperatures by as much as 10 degrees, provide protection from direct sunlight, and help reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses. Use site suitability analysis to find optimal locations for tree allocation, promoting social equity and reducing the impact of climate change.


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Find potential hurricane shelters

Use ArcGIS Business Analyst to prepare for futures hurricanes by identifying potential hurricane shelters in underserved areas.


What habitat challenges is your community facing? What are possible solutions to these challenges?