Project – Birds and Urban Heat Islands

Author(s): Mia Larrieu

For my GGIS 407 final project, I plan to investigate whether there are any impacts of Urban Heat Islands on bird activity in Chicago. I will explore what an Urban Heat Island is and their key contributing factors, how this concept applies to Chicago as a case study, and determine what impact it has on bird activity. I have utilized land cover data for the Chicago area as well as observed bird eBird occurrence data from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

Keywords: birds, Chicago, CyberGISX, Python

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Mia Larrieu

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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