Calling for Community Volunteers
Help Charlottesville collect data on urban heat as part of the nationwide 2021 NIHHIS-CAPA Urban Heat Island Mapping Campaign!
How urban environments and neighborhoods are built affects the amount of heat absorbed and retained, which can increase or reduce the impact of extreme heat events. Increases in extreme heat are one of the top projected impacts Charlottesville will experience from climate change. This project will support Charlottesville's climate adaptation planning efforts and help identify vulnerable local areas to extreme heat.
We need you!
To be successful, we need a team of community volunteers to help gather this data.
Data collection will be at three different times on a single day, to be determined by local weather. Based on historic weather patterns, we’re looking at the last two weeks of August 2021. As we get closer, a NOAA Weather Forecast Officer will help identify an exact date that looks to have high temperatures and low precipitation.
Volunteers can sign up to collect data for one, two, or three of the time slots. Volunteers are needed to drive, help navigate, or bike one of the pre-set data collection routes. We are aiming to have 5 driving routes and at least a couple of biking routes.
How do Volunteers Participate?