On Thursday afternoon, the City and its community partners announced a summertime collaboration to collect data about the distribution of heat as part of a regional effort to map where people are most at risk during extreme heat waves.
The heat assessment project called the “Heat Watch”, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Program Office is a partnership with city staff, UTEP students and professors, the MCA, Eco El Paso and additional community members.
“Statistics shows that high temperatures can cause heat-related illnesses, increase the financial strain on households by increasing electricity demand, and be fatal in some cases,” city officials share.
“These efforts help connect vulnerable communities to take proactive actions, create effective solutions, and planning.”
Using specially designed thermal sensors mounted on their own cars or bicycles, these ‘street scientists’ will drive around specified routes to record ambient temperatures and humidity during three specific times of the day.
Data will be collected in three 1-hour blocks over the course of a day with the optimal temperature threshold for collecting data of 90 degrees Fahrenheit or above.
The data provided by this project include maps of predictive surfaces, study data (temperatures) and a final report describing methods, results, and interpretations.
For more information, residents are encourage to visit CAPA Heat Watch.