‘Citizen Scientists’ to map out Roanoke’s Urban Heat Island

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – With temperatures continuing to be above normal for the forseeable future, everyone is struggling to find ways to keep cool and in Roanoke, that can be easier said than done, thanks to what is known as the Urban Heat Island effect.

The term, Urban Heat Island refers to an urbanized area that has a high concentration of paved surfaces and man-made structures help to absorb more heat from the sun than more rural areas.

Nell Boyle, Roanoke’s Sustainability and Outreach Coordinator says more people become ill or sick from heat than they normally do from natural disasters like floods or tornadoes.

Volunteers will walk throughout downtown Roanoke three separate times, one day in August to collect data that will map out the most high-risk areas.

The data could also make potential connections to other health conditions.

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