Community Resilience in Maricopa County: Urban Green Infrastructure Planning and the HeatMapper Citizen Science Project

Golden Arizona sun rising over mountains

Qunshan Zhao, a postdoctoral research associate with ASU's Knowledge Exchange for Resilience (KER) initiative and the Spatial Analysis Research Center (SPARC), will talk about how to optimally design tree locations and arrangements for residential neighborhoods and then will discuss the ongoing citizen science project HeatMapper, explaining how heat resilience data is collected from various heat-vulnerable populations in the county. The research results will provide a guideline for the next phase of urban green infrastructure planning in Maricopa County and help overcome long-term heat stress for vulnerable populations.

KER is an effort of ASU and the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to integrate resilience data collected from community stakeholders, social media, citizen science, and local and federal authoritative organizations in order to identify and mitigate resilience threats to Maricopa County.

About Qunshan Zhao

Qunshan Zhao is originally from southeast China’s Fujian province. As an undergraduate, he studied remote sensing, photogrammetry, and GIS at Wuhan University’s School of Remote Sensing and Information Engineering. He then earned a master’s degree and doctorate in geography in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at ASU, where he continues to work as a postdoctoral research associate with the KER initiative and SPARC. 

His research focuses on using remote sensing, GIS, and spatial analytical methods and tools to solve emerging environmental and societal problems in the urban environment.

Faculty and practitioners discuss their current research and field projects in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts' Science and Mathematics Colloquium series, held throughout the academic year at ASU's Polytechnic campus. All seminars are free and open to the public.

Department: 
Faculty of Science and Mathematics, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Contact: 
Fábio Suzart de Albuquerque
Phone: 
480-727-5920
Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 3-4 p.m.
Location: 
Cooley Ballroom A, Student Union, ASU Polytechnic campus
Campus: 
Polytechnic campus
Price: 
Free