Public Engagement in Urban Microclimate Research: An Overview of a Citizen Science Project

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    Rajagopalan, Priyadarsini
    Santamouris, Mat
    Andamon, Mary Myla
    2017 Conference Papers
    Architectural Science
    Conference Papers


The term “citizen science” broadly describes public engagement in scientific research in
collaboration with professional scientists. This paper discusses the application of citizen science in
microclimatic research for a project recently funded by the Australian federal government. The aim of the
project is to engage local communities across Australia in urban microclimate research and empower the
public in adopting various mitigation actions. The different steps involved in the project, ranging from
engaging councils and citizens, selection of precincts and measurement locations according to the
strategic priorities of each council, designing instrumentation and cost‐effective method of gathering high
quality data are discussed. The main challenges anticipated in implementing the project at large spatial
and temporal scale and how those challenges will be addressed are also explored.


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