Climate change is expected to bring hotter summers to Pittsburgh. Participants explore causes of high and low surface temperatures in cities and discuss solutions to keep Pittsburgh cool.
- Built Infrastructure
- Land Use
- Temperature Increase
How to Get this Kit
If you would like to borrow a CUSP climate change education kit, contact Pat McShea at McSheaP@CarnegieMNH.org. Please make requests at least one week in advance. Loans may be scheduled up to two months in advance.
- What are urban heat islands? Why are cities hotter?
- How do different surfaces result in different temperatures?
Share how you used this kit with the CUSP team! Email us at LyonM@CarnegieMNH.org.
Extensive clusters of buildings, roads, parking lots, and other urban infrastructure absorb and reflect heat in a different manner than open land and vegetation. This effect causes urban areas to become warmer than their rural surroundings, forming a higher temperature “island” in the broader landscape. Learn more
Average air temperatures in large cities can be 1.8-5.4°F than surrounding areas, and evening temperatures can reach 22°F warmer. Learn more: EPA: Heat Islands