Using citizen science, collective leadership, and low-cost measurements to assess and address extreme heat

Using citizen science, collective leadership, and low-cost measurements to assess and address extreme heat

Organizer: 
Jeremy Scott Hoffman
Science Museum of Virginia
Time Slot: 
Working Groups and Trainings 1
Session Type: 
Training
Abstract: 

This session will introduce participants to a collective leadership model for conducting urban heat island assessments (UHIA) using low-cost measurements. Concerns about extreme heat can activate communities to find solutions. Our assessment technique offers a means to identify hazards and advance targeted mitigation efforts. We will review extreme heat, its implications, and trends in its assessment. We will share lessons learned from two case studies: the City of Richmond Urban Heat Island Collective, a group of government, museum, non-profit, and university organizations advancing local climate resilience; and the City of Portland’s Climate Action Collaborative, a city-university partnership to build resilience to local climate change impacts. Following the overview, participants will collaboratively co-develop a UHIA plan for a city within geographically-themed groups. Participants will simulate a collective leadership framework to plan their local UHIA, which includes identifying collaborations, forming shared goals, and coordinating action. Emphasis will be given to co-producing the campaign with community groups, recruiting diverse volunteers, and communicating using accessible, policy-relevant language. Technical skills will include mapping target areas for conducting the heat campaign using a novel Google Earth platform. Participants will be introduced to tools and methods that support an UHIA in their own region. Goals include participants effectively engaging with citizen scientist volunteers, co-creating maps and visualizations, leveraging youth resilience education initiatives, and identifying opportunities to engage with citywide planning. Finally, participants will leave this session with the roots of a proposal to assess extreme heat in their locality during the summer of 2019.

Co-organizers:

David Herring, NOAA
Jeremy Hoffman, The Science Museum of Virginia
Vivek Shandas, Portland State University
Alicia Zatcoff, City of Richmond