Heat Island Effect in Chicago

Interactive Map of Chicago's Land Surface Temperatures


I created an interactive web map of the heat island effect in Chicago during a hot summer day in August within just 24 hours as a part of the GIS hackathon hosted by Earth Hacks, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Urban Canopy. This project gave me practical experience with building web applications and leveraging Geographical Information System (GIS) to visualize data. The time constraint also honed my ability to work on the go and think flexibly in a stressful situation.

Concepts Utilized:

  • Geographical Information System (GIS) to tell a compelling story by linking geographical and numerical data
  • Remote sensing to gather information about places over a large area
  • Mapbox GL JS API to build an interactive web map that user can play with

  • Check out my web map here