Volunteers Needed for Cincinnati Heat Mapping Project

July 10, 2020 9:50 AM | Anonymous

Organization: City of Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability

The City of Cincinnati's Office of Environment and Sustainability is seeking volunteers to help collect environmental data about the hottest and coolest places in our region during an upcoming heat wave this summer. Data collected by volunteers during the joint one-day heat mapping campaign will be used to develop temperature maps of Cincinnati (see Portland exampleand help address heat-related vulnerabilities across the region. This effort is made possible through a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and CAPA Heat Watch's 2020 Urban Heat Island Community Science Campaign.

What will volunteers do?  Volunteers are needed to drive [or for those hearty enough, ride a bicycle] along predetermined routes in the Cincinnati area over three separate one-hour periods during a hot day. Volunteers will use a simple data-collection device attached to the vehicle. You can also volunteer as a navigator and help direct drivers’ turns along their route. Drivers will need to cover the same route for all three shifts. 

Are there any requirements to volunteerDrivers will need a valid driver’s license, auto insurance (not necessary for bicyclists), and access to a vehicle (or bicycle). In addition to the three hours of data collection, volunteers will first be asked to review a video, complete a knowledge-check, and participate in a short online training session and follow up discussion. Based on previous campaigns, volunteers spend an average of 4.5 hours over three weeks, though the majority of time (~3.5 hours) will occur on the selected campaign day. 

On what day will the heat mapping campaign occur? That will depend on the weather forecast. Heat mapping is best done on a hot temperature and clear-skied day. Using historical weather patterns, and support from the National Weather Service, the target campaign date for Cincinnati is the first week of August. While weather does change, this selected campaign date will be confirmed about one week prior, as forecasts become more reliable. Because we have to wait for the heat—and the fact that summer is such a busy time—we need to assemble an “on-call” roster of volunteers -- which means that we’ll want more people signing up than we need. We will confirm your participation about one week prior to the campaign, when we finalize the date. Please note that signing up does not commit you to the project, rather the process will begin by building out a roster of potential volunteers, and confirmation will occur about one week in advance. 

If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, or would like to learn more, please respond to this Volunteer Intake Form. And forward to others who might be interested!

*This will be a COVID-19 safe activity. It is recommended that drivers-navigators in the same car be from the same household. Social distancing, masks, and sanitizing wipes will be used when picking up and dropping off equipment.

Questions? Please contact Savannah Sullivan (savannah.sullivan@cincinnati-oh.gov). And to learn more about the CAPA Heat Watch program, check out www.capastrategies.com/capa-heat-watch


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