Molly Dilworth won first prize for her "Cool Water, Hot Island" proposal. This serene river of blue hues is actually a graphical representation of NASA's infrared satellite data of Manhattan. This was used to show the city's urban heat-island effect.
A little tip for the day, "heat-island effect" is a term used to describe higher temperatures in urban areas as opposed lower temperatures in rural areas. This occurs because urban areas have fewer trees and the solar energy is absorbed into man-made structures that retain the heat.
design she wanted to convey awareness to the issue of heat-island
effect and also hoped to do her part in dulling the effect. For this
reason she chose a serene blue color palette which reflects more
sunlight and absorbs less heat.
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Dilworth, who is also known for her engaging rooftop paintings.