Measuring Impact of Parks on Local Climate

How do parks cool Baltimore? A research team at Johns Hopkins University is developing affordable heat sensors to measure the effectiveness of greening initiatives in Baltimore.

The sensors, called WeatherCubes, have wireless data transmission to allow the research team to gather data in near real time. The data will help the team to quantify how parks and other green infrastructure interact with the local climate around the city. Their hope is to produce data that can help inform local government and organizations in their greening initiatives – and better mitigate extreme heat in Baltimore.

The team welcomes contributions from interested community partners and individuals to support the project. Note that while they have met their fundraising goals, additional funding will help them build more WeatherCubes, and further amplify the project’s scope. Learn about their fundraising goals

Learn more about the project

The Researchers

Anna Scott
PhD Student, Dept of Earth & Planetary Sciences

Yan Azdoud
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Civil Engineering

Chris Kelley
PhD Candidate, Dept of Environmental Health and Engineering

Patterson Park and the surrounding neighboords in Baltimore. Photo credit: Taber Andrew Bain

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?
— Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985