Urban Heat Island Temperature Mapping Campaign

Raleigh and Durham – 2021

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What do volunteers do?
Volunteers are needed as Drivers, Navigators (to help steer drivers), and Bicyclists. Volunteers will be assigned to a pre-planned route in Raleigh and/or Durham which will be driven (or biked) during three separate one-hour periods throughout the campaign day. Route times will be 6-7 a.m., 3-4 p.m., and 6-7 p.m. Ideally, volunteers will cover the same route for all three shifts, but may sign up for just one or two if necessary.

How is data collected?
Volunteers will be given a sensor which mounts to a car or bike. While traveling the route, the sensor will record the ambient temperature, humidity, and GPS location every one second. After completing their route, volunteers will return the sensor back to the organizers. The collected data will be compiled into a detailed temperature map of Raleigh and Durham.

Are there any requirements as a volunteer?
All volunteers will be required to sign a liability release waiver. Volunteers also need to participate in a virtual volunteer orientation before the date of the campaign. Drivers will need a valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle, and auto insurance. Bikers will need a bicycle.

When are we conducting the campaign?
To collect the most meaningful data, the campaign needs to take place on a hot, clear day. Historical weather patterns tell us that we have the best chance of seeing these optimal conditions in Raleigh and Durham in late June to early July. We will narrow down this time frame as it gets closer (check back here for updates!). With support from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Raleigh, we will confirm an exact date a few days beforehand.

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 drivers, navigators and bikers to cover the campaign day. Volunteers will be contacted regarding the next steps in preparing for the campaign.

What are the COVID-19 precautions for this project?
Check out our COVID-19 safety sheet here!

What do we need from you?
Please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form to let us know you’d like to participate (or if you just want to learn more) and we will keep you in the loop!

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