Harlem Heat

How do people experience heat? A citizen science initiative to study how Harlem residents are impacted by extreme heat during summer. The project is lead by WNYC, AdaptNY, WeAct, IseeChange.

NOAA-CREST Summer Campaign

The project aims to understand the evolution of heatwaves in NYC and what are the implications for City residents in terms of heat stress and energy use. A multitude of profilers are currently used to probe the boundary layer to to monitor the thermal and momentum structure, pollutant concentration etc. The analysis will be used to characterize highly convective episodes in PBL schemes.


Urban Hydro-Met Net

The project aims to understand the spatial variability in urban soil moisture and how if affects the near-term and long-term urban climate. The project will run 25 autonomous weather stations around the City to continuously monitor soil moisture and other vital meteorological variables. The network will also serve as an early warning system for heat waves and flash floods in the city. The network will also improve our urban climate modeling efforts to build capability of next generation weather models to accurately predict the urban micro climate.

Status: Currently ongoing

Collaborators: CUNY-CREST and NYCHA

Closing the Urban Surface Energy Budget

The project couples flux measurements with remote sensing data to advance our current knowledge on urban surface energy budget. As part of this project the surface energy budget of distinct urban materials are directly monitored using  eddy covariance system. Currently two stations are in operation in Upper Manhattan neighborhood. The data will then be coupled with both visual and infrared bands of LANDSAT and MODIS data and will be dynamically scaled using an urban land surface scheme.

Status: Currently ongoing

Collaborator: Hamidreza Nourazi (CUNY Grad Center/ City Tech)

Mega-City Urban Boundary Layer Project

Very little is known about the interaction between the surface layer and mixed layer over mega cities. Current PBL schemes perform poorly in this highly convective regime du to this extensive knowledge gap. As part of this project LIDAR, RADAR and microwave profilers are currently being used in the NYC metro are to understand the temporal variability of the thermal and momentum boundary layer over NYC.

Status: Currently ongoing

Collaborator: CUERG