2022 Dataset Award Winner: Estimating Personal Heat Exposure with Wearable Temperature Sensors

June 15, 2022 | 11:00am - 12:00pm CT

About the Webinar

This webinar will introduce viewers to the current scientific understanding of exposure to extreme heat and highlight the importance of accounting for heat exposure in our assessments of vulnerability to extreme heat. I will also briefly introduce viewers to the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Three City Heat and Electrical Failure AdapTation (3HEAT) Study, which was the project that the personal heat exposure data was collected for. Finally, I will present the dataset that we published through DesignSafe titled, “Personal Heat Exposure”. I will connect this dataset to broader concepts of vulnerability in addition to presenting preliminary results associated with the dataset. The dataset includes both quantitative data in the form of temperature and humidity measurements made with wearable sensors provided to each human participant; as well as qualitative data in the form of participant-completed time-activity diaries that document their daily experiences with extreme heat.


Lance Watkins is currently finishing his PhD at Arizona State University (ASU) in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. His dissertation centers on vulnerability and adaptation to extreme heat in Phoenix, Arizona. Lance received his Bachelors in Science from Ball State University in 2012. He received his Master’s in Geosciences from Mississippi State University in 2014, where his research focused on the relationship between heatwave definitions and heat related mortality. Lance has also worked closely with the NASA DEVELOP National Program, in which he supported a variety of projects with topics ranging from agriculture and drought to the impacts of extreme heat. His most recent academic publication was in the Journal of Applied Geography and titled Extreme heat vulnerability in Phoenix, Arizona: A comparison of all-hazard-specific indices with household experiences.

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