Montgomery County’s Urban Heat Mapping Campaign is taking place next Sunday, August 7th. On Campaign Day, “street scientist” volunteers will drive around the county to collect data to determine urban heat islands. We will have 4 meeting checkpoints that will be staffed from 6-7 AM; 2- 3 PM; and 7- 8 PM where community members are welcome to stop by to learn more about the program, heat health, and urban heat islands in Montgomery County. We will have handouts to bring home on county heat resilience programs, handheld sensors to take surface temperature readings, and organizers to learn more from you on how heat impacts your wellbeing and possible solutions you would like to see!
The following locations throughout the County will serve as central meeting points:
Falls Road Local Park, 12600 Falls Rd, Potomac, MD 20854
Germantown Town Center Park, 19840 Century Blvd, Germantown, MD 20874
White Oak Community Recreation Center, 1700 April Ln, Silver Spring, MD 20904
Acorn Urban Park, 8060 Newell St. Silver Spring, MD 20910
Thank you volunteers!
This community heat mapping wouldn’t be possible without our county’s volunteer Street Scientists!
Join us at 2PM on campaign day at Acorn Urban Park for a thank you event featuring representatives from NOAA, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Montgomery County’s Heat Watch organizing team, including:
This summer, Montgomery County is doing a community heat-mapping project that will bring together local organizations and volunteers to produce heat maps and generate creative and collaborative solutions for extreme heat in our area. Montgomery County will be one of 16 jurisdictions globally that will collaborate with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and community scientists to map heat inequities.
Urban Heat Islands are areas that can be up to 20 degrees hotter than nearby neighborhoods due to buildings, pavement, and other parts of urban environments amplifying high temperatures.
Extreme heat kills more Americans than any other weather event, but not everyone’s risk is the same. Low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by extreme heat, and these local maps will help us identify where we can take action to protect vulnerable neighborhoods both now and in the future.
Which areas in the community do you feel are important with respect to heat, such as parks, bus stops, and schools? What are some areas where you recognize the heat difference in the county, for example, parking lots or streets you avoid? Mark them on the map below.
Click the plus symbol on the map below to add your location pin to the map. Click on an existing pin on the map below and press the “thumbs up” button to indicate you agree it is a location of concern. You can add areas by name (for example, Beall Elementary School) or by dragging a pin to a point on the map to highlight an unnamed parking lot, bus stop, or intersection.
What will street scientists do?
Volunteers are needed to drive along predetermined routes in your area over three separate one-hour periods during a hot day in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Volunteers will use a simple data-collection device attached to the vehicle to measure surrounding temperature and humidity. You can also volunteer as a navigator and help direct drivers’ turns along their route.
Who is eligible to volunteer?
Anyone is eligible to sign up below to help in the project as there are multiple roles needed from driver, navigator, and neighborhood organizer. Drivers will need a valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and access to a vehicle.
What is the role of a neighborhood organizer?
The volunteer role of a neighborhood organizer is someone that will engage their hyper-local community to understand and participate in the mapping project. The role is flexible and a great opportunity to engage if you aren’t available to be a driver or would like to be more involved in the project.
On what day will the heat mapping campaign occur?
That will depend on the weather forecast. Heat mapping is best done on a hot temperature and clear-skied day. Using historical weather patterns and support from the National Weather Service, the target campaign date for Montgomery County is a weekend in the first two weeks of August. While weather changes, The county will confirm this selected campaign date a few weeks prior as forecasts become more reliable.
Please note that signing up does not commit you to the project; instead, the process will begin by building out a roster of potential volunteers and will reach out to you to discuss your participation.