Tuesday, 26 February 2019 11:00

Citizen Science Urban Microclimate program kicks off

Resident taking heat measurements with thermal sensor in Citizen Science Program Resident taking heat measurements with thermal sensor in Citizen Science Program

Seven Greater Western Sydney councils have joined a nation-wide citizen science program in partnership with University of New South Wales and RMIT.

The hands-on project seeks to educate residents about the factors contributing to urban microclimates including: how urban design, material selection and vegetation cover can create a cooling effect, improve comfort, and reduce household electricity bills.

20 local governments across Australia are participating in the project, including seven Greater Western Sydney councils: Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury Bankstown, Cumberland, Hawkesbury, Parramatta and Penrith.

Run over two hours, participants will perform measurements of temperature, humidity and wind speed at a range of locations using portable handheld devices. Citizen scientists can also measure and feel the temperature difference between a range of sample surfaces (made of various colours, materials and coatings). It is hoped that such knowledge will help residents  make informed choices in their own home.

This Citizen Science Project is sponsored by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and developed in collaboration between participating councils, RMIT University and the University of New South Wales.

Please visit https://citizenscienceproject.org.au/ for more information about the project and what is involved in participation.

Last modified on Tuesday, 26 February 2019 11:12