Boston Citizen Science Heat Maps

As heat becomes an increasing climate risk for the Greater Boston region, community members were interested to know where people would feel it the most. Officials from the NOAA, Museum of Science, Cambridge, Brookline, and I launched a summer project to map ground level tempuratures during a heat wave (different than lidar). The core mission was to use citizen science with temperature sensors. We recruited over 50 volunteers who helped us collect interval surface tempurature data in late July 2019. The volunteers walked, biked, and drove a preplanned route three times per day while also collecting qualitative data. The collected data was translated into a map by CAPA Strategies, Portland State University, and the Science Museum of Virgina. The results were then shared at a public event in September 2019.


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