Heat islands are areas with higher temperatures relative to outlying areas created by conditions like reduced vegetation, greater heat retention of impermeable surfaces like asphalt, paving, and cement, and heat generated by human activity. Investigate land surface temperature data, along with tree and surface coverage, for Charlottesville.
Health outcomes are shaped by the resources available to people, by the places they live and work, and the economic security they enjoy. The CDC PLACES project provides estimates on health outcomes at the local level allowing us to examine the geographic distribution of health-related outcomes in the greater Charlottesville region.
A household's energy burden is the percentage of household income spent on energy and a household is considered energy burdened if the amount spent on energy is 6% or more. Using Low-Income Energy Affordability Data, explore the patterns of energy burden, and how they vary by population, across the Charlottesville region.