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Montreal's Urban Heat Island: Tour of temperature sensors on campus

The Library is once again pleased to welcome Raja Sengupta, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography & McGill School of Environment, for a close-up look at low cost temperature sensors on the downtown McGill campus for Science Literacy Week.

The Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect is one where nighttime temperatures (e.g., around 1 am) in downtown core of cities are higher than a surrounding rural area. In Montreal, it can be 5-6 deg C higher. However, UHI remains a poorly understood phenomenon in the context of the presence of green spaces between buildings in urban areas. This is primarily due to the sparse placement of weather and temperature measurement stations in most cities, which do not allow for local variability in temperatures to be captured with any detail.

A better understanding of this phenomenon can be obtained by low-cost temperature and humidity sensor networks for UHI mapping via an ongoing research project in cities and University campuses in Canada and India. McGill University is one site of this project, with sensors placed at locations around Burnside Hall. Learn more about the project here.

The tour will meet outside the entrance of the Burnside Hall building.

Let us know that you will be joining in by registering today!

Monday, September 16, 2019
1 hour
Meet outside the entrance of Burnside Hall
Burnside Hall
Associated Branch: 
Science Literacy Week
Special Notes: 
Outdoor event.
Downtown Campus

Registrations are closed for this Library Workshop Session

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