Citizen Science: Understanding Urban Heat

Hawkesbury City Council and the University of NSW are currently launching a Citizen Science project investigating the Urban Microclimate and Urban Heat and community members are invited and encouraged to take part.

The project aims to involve the community in scientific research and to increase scientific literacy and understanding of the scientific method, the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert said.

“This will be an exciting opportunity for local citizens to learn more about science by exploring our local area,” Councillor Calvert said.

“Participants will have the chance to assist in actual research into urban heat and microclimates.”

“I’m sure many people will be interested in this project,” he said.

“We’ve all been feeling the heat this summer, and it is predicted that the number of extreme hot days will increase significantly in all Australian Cities in future.

“This has the potential to impact public health, mortality rates, energy demand and the economy.”

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).

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.

Visit for a full project outline.

This project will involve three sessions held over three days: Friday, 15 March, Saturday, 16 March and Sunday, 17 March 2019. It will involve 33 citizens (only - limited spaces) per session recording weather measurements around Urban Heat and Urban Microclimate. The sessions will go for two to three hours and you can only participate in one session. The three locations are McLeod Park in South Windsor, Colonial Reserve in Bligh Park and Richmond Park in Richmond.


Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Anyone interested in learning more and participating in the project is encouraged to register via the links above.

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