By Michael Marks, Texas Standard
It’s no secret that the climate in Houston is hot, but a new research study is set to look into exactly how hot – and the extent to which heat levels vary across the city. The Houston Harris Heat Action Team is leading the effort to create a heat map of the Houston area.
Jaime Gonzalez, director of Houston Healthy Cities programs for the Nature Conservancy, is working on the project. It is a “community science effort,” he told Texas Standard.
“The hope is, that Harris County and the City of Houston, both who are leading local resiliency efforts, working with private nonprofits and business interests, can all get together and identify: where are the real heat pockets in the city and the county; how are these impacting communities; particularly under-resourced communities?” Gonzalez said.
Volunteers start work on Friday. They will mount specialty designed temperature and humidity devices to their cars.