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Want to help advance research on our urban forest?

August 5, 2019

Want to be a part of an important study that will collect on-the-ground temperature data that will inform us and other entities focused on the urban environment about how we should be focusing our efforts to improve public health and climate resilience.The study of the Sacramento area is one of a few that are being led by researchers at Portland State, as a part of the CAPA Heat Watch campaign.

We need nine volunteers on Wednesday, August 14th to drive predetermined routes three times on that day: at 6am, at 3pm, and at 7pm. The vehicles will be outfitted with small sensors that will measure heat over the one-hour pre-determined route, gathering lots and lots of data that can help to better understand how each part of our region is affected by heat.

We have nine different routes that we need coverage for:

  • Rio Linda / North Highlands
  • Citrus Heights / Fair Oaks
  • Folsom / Grant Line
  • Northern Sacramento
  • Arden-Arcade
  • Rancho Cordova / Vineyard
  • Downtown Sacramento / East Sacramento
  • South Sacramento / Pocket
  • Elk Grove / Laguna

Interested? We will have a one-hour training session on the evening of Tuesday, August 13th at 6pm at the SacTree office, or you can join the meeting online. Depending on your comfort-level with navigation, you can drive the route yourself, or you can recruit a navigator to join you.

Please also feel free to share this opportunity with others if you know of folks that would be interested. There is a chance that we will need to be flexible to the date of the study, since the high temp of the day needs to be 90 degrees or above, cloudless and no rain – though we can typically rely on mid-August to deliver that! As we are getting closer to the date, if it appears that we won’t have the right conditions, we will select another date.

In addition to some flexibility with your schedule, you’ll also need a valid driver’s license, car, and auto insurance. Unfortunately, this study cannot reimburse you for gas, but you’ll be participating in a unique and important effort.

If you would like to join the SacTree Heat Watch Campaign, please contact Jacey Mayronne, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, at (916) 974-4310 or jacey@sactree.com. Please let her know if you have a preferred area to study.