Citizen Heat Map

Wicked Hot Boston – Signup for Heat Mapping!

Last updated: July 23, 2019

Now is the time to sign up for heat mapping throughout City of Boston, City of Cambridge, and Town of Brookline. Please fill out this signup sheet to let the Museum of Science know the days, times, and locations you are available. Here is a flyer that explains a little more about what will be asked of you for the heat mapping. 

Each volunteer mapping session is expected to take approximately an hour of time. Volunteers will be grouped together as 3-4 people in a car with specialized ambient temperature and relative humidity equipment. If you sign up in Brookline, the route will run approximately from Town Hall south to Paul Pender Rotary, north by the Muddy River, over to St. Paul Street, west on Brighton Avenue, and then south via Harvard, Park, and Washington Streets back to Town Hall.

What day is the heat mapping campaign? That will depend on the weather. Data collection will occur on a day when the expected daily high temperature for the Boston metro area is 90°F or higher. 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 about 50 drivers/navigators to cover the campaign day.

Signing up does not commit you to the project; the Museum of Science is simply looking to build out a roster of potential drivers/navigators at this point. Volunteers will be notified several days in advance when conditions are looking favorable for data collection. We will confirm participation and driving routes at that time.

Don’t forget about the Museum of Science's other citizen science project! Continue posting to ISeeChange and tell us how you are beating the heat this summer. To learn more about this fun citizen science opportunity, check out the blog we wrote about it. To get started, head over to SciStarter.org/NOAA.

These two projects this summer are part of a NOAA Environmental Literacy grant. 

As part of the Citizen Science, Civics, and Resilient Communities project, you are invited to complete a survey as part of a research study about the project. 

Information about the Survey

  • · Why we’re asking for feedback: The purpose of this online survey is to evaluate the effectiveness of the program and learn about your knowledge, interest, and engagement in climate resiliency topics. Your feedback is very valuable to us and will be used to help us improve and assess the program. Because the information we collect may be useful for other studies, we may also use this information in the future or share it with other researchers, without asking for additional permission. If we do so, your name and identity will not be shared with the future researchers.
  • · What kinds of questions you’ll be asked: The survey includes some questions about your knowledge and interest in climate resilience and then some questions to get your feedback about the program.
  • · This survey is not required: This survey is voluntary, and should take about 10 minutes to complete. You will be able to skip any questions that you do not feel comfortable answering and can stop taking the survey at any time.
  • · Your data are confidential. Any identifying information you provide will be used by the researchers to track your participation through the program to assess the extent to which you engage with the project and any learning or changes in interest you may have. Identifying information will not be shared outside of the research team.

Thank you for participating and helping to improve the Citizen Science, Civics, and Resilient Communities project! Please contact Katie Todd at ktodd@mos.org if you have any questions about this email or the study.


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