Citizen project measures just how hot Miami can get (includes video story)

FIU’s Shading Dade is a citizen science project for volunteers to measure the high temperatures in the area’s public areas.

These areas can include bus stops, parking lots, playgrounds and other areas that vary greatly in temperature.

“We’ve been able to bring out a bunch of people to come and deploy heat sensors,” said coordinator Alyssa Hernandez. “These sensors are dime-size sensors and they read temperature for about three months.”

The data helps residents understand the increasing heat issue and impact of climate change in Miami-Dade County.

Alejandra Garcia Elcoro is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Media and Journalism at Florida International University. With her passion and dedication, she will report vital stories that will leave an impact on her community.