Structures corresponding to buildings, roads, and different infrastructure absorb and re-emit the sun’s warmth more than pure landscapes such as forests and water bodies. Urban areas, where these constructions are extremely concentrated and greenery is limited, turn into “islands” of higher temperatures relative to outlying areas. Daytime temperatures in urban areas are about 1–7°F higher than temperatures in outlying areas and nighttime temperatures are about 2-5°F greater.

As his project has progressed, he has realized it’s as much about island individuals as the islands themselves. “The farther I travel along the path, the more I work together with people who find themselves passionate about the islands and willing to help with the project,” he mentioned. He is particularly grateful to landowners who have included their islands on the trail. “I’m impressed by the communication, camaraderie and collaborative spirit that exists on this particular group. Later, he sought out a piece … Read More