December 2, 2011
Research by CAP scientists Darrel Jenerette, Sharon Harlan, Will Stefanov, and Chris Martin was featured in a recent online piece in Wired Magazine. The story focused on findings reported in an Ecological Applications article, "Ecosystem services and urban heat riskscape moderation: Water, green spaces, and social inequality in Phoenix, USA."
Jenerette et al. examine the role of vegetation in urban cooling, particularly in low-income neighborhoods experiencing extreme heat. While an increase in vegetation would ameliorate heat conditions and provide multiple ecosystem services, the authors argue that "vegetation has economic, water, and social equity implications that vary dramatically across neighborhoods and need to be managed through informed environmental policies."