Are you interested in helping your neighborhood beat the heat? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is conducting a field campaign to measure and map the urban heat islands of Washington, D.C. The campaign’s two main purposes are to (1) produce detailed maps of D.C.’s urban heat islands so that (2) residents and city officials can identify areas of extreme heat, guide planting efforts and shade our way to a cooler city.
We want your help! Sign up now to help collect the data that officials can use to understand heat exposure where you live and/or work. Team organizers need to hear from you by Friday, July 13. Volunteers must have their own car, a valid driver’s license, and the ability to drive during three 1-hour periods in the morning, afternoon, and evening on Friday, July 20. Got what it takes? Sign up here.
This is great, way to get involved in citizen science and help showcase the effects of urban heat islands (and therefore the need for trees!). Hungry for more citizen science? We will be adding more tree inventories in early August so stay tuned!
The above image is from a terrific D.C. Policy Center article all about urban heat island and its effects.