The City of Cambridge, City of Boston, and Town of Brookline are partnering with the Museum of Science to map urban heat this summer. If you are interested to help collect data on temperature and humidity in Cambridge and learn more about the urban heat island effect and the challenges posed by climate change, please contact John Bolduc at [email protected] or 617-349-4628. Leave a short message indicating your interest and your contact information.
There are two ways to participate. This summer, we are recruiting citizen scientists to collect data through a platform called ISeeChange, which investigates how weather and climate are changing over time. After signing up, you can participate from anywhere using just a smart phone or computer. Through the app, you can post observations about how the heat is affecting you and the areas around you. These observations help the museum and our science partners understand the hottest points in the greater Boston area in order to build better resiliency plans. To get started on this fun citizen science opportunity and help the City prepare for climate change, head to http://www.scistarter.org/noaa.
Additionally, we will be collecting temperature and humidity data in a process called urban heat island mapping throughout Cambridge, Boston, and Brookline. We are looking for volunteers to meet us and ride or drive along a pre-set route collecting heat data with a unique sensor. We are still working on the details and will send an update once we have all the information. The heat mapping will take place during the hottest times of the year, and anywhere from July 15-August 15.