Urban heat islands’ effects extend underground too

Professor Debra Laefer commented on a new study looking at the long term history of heat gain in Chicago: “I was delighted to see scholarship in this area because it’s not something that geotechnical engineers have traditionally had a large hand in. One of the things (about our) profession — the whole cadre of urban planning architects, engineers, and policymakers — is that we don't give enough thought to the underground,” said Laefer, “We don't zone it the way we zone the aboveground.”