WEST PALM BEACH, FLA (August 7, 2019)
– The City of West Palm Beach seeks volunteers to help create a heat map, a chart of temperature highs and lows, in our city. The City recently contracted with CAPA Strategies to participate in a heat watch program, a collaboration between cities and scientists to better understand local intensity and distribution of urban heat. The project will be funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Program Office.
The data collected locally will be combined with data collected in other cities. The resulting map will be key to reducing the impact of summer heat waves in local communities. The City will use the heat map to cool down the City by guiding its tree planting efforts. The City has set a goal of planting 10,000 trees in our neighborhoods by 2025.
Data collection will occur on a day when the expected daily high temperature for the West Palm Beach area is 88°F or higher. On August 14 (weather permitting), volunteers—using specially designed thermal sensors mounted on their cars--will drive prescribed routes to record ambient temperatures and humidity. The information will be downloaded and analyzed to locate areas that suffer the greatest temperatures.
Volunteer drivers with a valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle, and auto insurance. Volunteers will be asked to participate in training and an orientation.
Volunteers will drive pre-determined routes on the day of the campaign. You can also volunteer as a navigator. Drivers will ideally drive the same route for all three shifts, but that is not required for participation.
In and around the City of West Palm Beach
Week of August 18 (exact day depends on weather) during these times: 6:00- 7:00 a.m.; 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.; and 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Contact Michael Rittenhouse at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or (561) 804-4994 (TTY 800-955-8771).