Urban Heat Mapping Campaign: Help Keep the Triangle Cool!

Urban Heat Island Mapping Campaign

A community project to map extreme heat in Raleigh and Durham!

Did you know? In the United States, heat waves injure more people than all other natural disasters combined.

How YOU Can Help

This June or July (exact date TBD – join the Volunteer Interest list to stay in the know!) volunteers will be given a data collection device and assigned a route in either Raleigh or Durham. Driving shifts will begin at 6 am, 3 pm, and 6 pm. 

The data will be used to develop a high-resolution temperature map of Raleigh and Durham, which will reveal the hottest/coolest parts of the area and the extent of the temperature differences between them.

By understanding where the most extreme temperatures occur, ongoing heat mitigation efforts by nonprofits, urban planners, public health officials, and urban foresters will be able to provide resources to areas of the community that are most vulnerable to the impacts of extreme heat.

Important Volunteer Info

  • Routes are in either Raleigh or Durham
  • Driving shifts begin at 6 am, 3 pm, and 6 pm
  • Prior to the day of the campaign, volunteers will required to attend a virtual training (SEE DATES / REGISTER BELOW) on the data collection device
  • All drivers must be licensed, insured, and sign a liability waiver
  • This is a group activity! Each vehicle should have multiple volunteers from the same household or COVID-19 bubble to assist in navigation, observational data collection, and reflection. 
  • On the day of the campaign, volunteers will pick up their device and be assisted in setting it up in preparation for their driving shift
  • Upon completion of the driving shift, volunteers will return their devices where they were picked up
  • 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 volunteers to cover the campaign day.
  • Volunteers will be contacted regarding the next steps in preparing for the campaign – join the Volunteer Interest list to stay in the know!

Learn More

To learn more about this project and urban heat islands, please visit the main project page. 

As we finalize other volunteer details, check out the Volunteer FAQ page. Don’t forget to join the Volunteer Interest list to receive important project updates and cool resources!

Virtual Training Dates

Late June or Early July

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About This Partnership

The 2021 Raleigh and Durham Urban Heat Island Temperature Mapping Campaign is a partnership between the Museum of Life and Science, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Durham County, the City of Raleigh, the State Climate Office of North Carolina, National Weather Service Raleigh Office, and Activate Good. This project is made possible by NOAA and NIHHIS.

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