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Citizen Science - Urban Heat in the Hawkesbury

15 Mar to 17 Mar 2019

Take part in a citizen science project to understand urban heat. Run by RMIT and the University of New South Wales - Three days of participation

Council would like to share with you an exciting opportunity occurring in March 2019.A Citizen Science project investigating the Urban Microclimate and Urban Heat is being undertaken by the Hawkesbury City Council and the University of NSW. This project aims to involve the community in scientific research and to increase scientific literacy and understanding of the scientific method. The project will empower individuals to respond to extreme heat through an understanding of influential factors. Participants will conduct experiments and record weather measurements including air, radiant and surface temperatures, wind speed and location conditions (sun/ shade, light or dark material).


It is predicted that the number of extreme hot days will increase significantly in all Australian Cities. This will impact public health, mortality rates, energy demand and the economy. By participating in this project you will be joining 12,000 other citizen scientists from 22 Local Councils from across Australia to gather climate data. You will characterise the local climate which will provide information required for citizens to understand, mitigate and adapt to extreme heat.


For a full project outline please visit https://citizenscienceproject.org.au/


This project will involve three sessions held over three days in March 2019: Friday 15 March, Saturday 16 March and Sunday 17 March 2019. This will involve 33 citizens per session recording weather measurements around Urban Heat and Urban Microclimate. The sessions will go for 2-3 hours and you can only participate in one session. The three locations are:


1.   McLeod Park, (Cnr of Campbell St and George St), South Windsor


2.    Colonial Reserve, Bligh Park.


3.    Richmond Park, Richmond