Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1080/00330124.2011.600225
Title: Vulnerability to Extreme Heat in Metropolitan Phoenix: Spatial, Temporal, and Demographic Dimensions
Authors: Chow, W.T.L. 
Chuang, W.-C.
Gober, P.
Keywords: adaptive capacity
physical exposure
urban heat island
vulnerability
Issue Date: May-2012
Source: Chow, W.T.L., Chuang, W.-C., Gober, P. (2012-05). Vulnerability to Extreme Heat in Metropolitan Phoenix: Spatial, Temporal, and Demographic Dimensions. Professional Geographer 64 (2) : 286-302. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1080/00330124.2011.600225
Abstract: This study assessed the spatial distribution of vulnerability to extreme heat in 1990 and 2000 within metropolitan Phoenix based on an index of seven equally weighted measures of physical exposure and adaptive capacity. These measures were derived from spatially interpolated climate, normalized differential vegetation index, and U.S. Census data. From resulting vulnerability maps, we also analyzed population groups living in areas of high heat vulnerability. Results revealed that landscapes of heat vulnerability changed substantially in response to variations in physical and socioeconomic factors, with significant alterations to spatial distribution of vulnerability especially between eastern and western sectors of Phoenix. These changes worked to the detriment of Phoenix's Hispanic population and the elderly concentrated in urban-fringe retirement communities. © 2012 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Source Title: Professional Geographer
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/49706
ISSN: 00330124
DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2011.600225
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