Urban Heat Island Mapping Study - June 30th!


The City of Santa Fe’s Environmental Services Division (ESD) has been awarded an Urban Heat Island Mapping Campaign grant through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The purpose of the award is to collect on-the-ground temperature data to provide accurate information on the heat experienced by the Santa Fe community in the summer.

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What: One 1hr training & One 1hr volunteer shift

When: June 30th, 2024 (Event is weather dependent)

Where: Starting Point - Ft. Marcy Park

Why: A chance to participate in a real-life scientific study and benefit the Santa Fe community

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To collect heat data, heat sensing equipment will be attached to car windows and volunteers will drive around Santa Fe, following pre-designed routes. All volunteers will be required to attend an online training session to learn how to use the heat sensing equipment and collect the data. Volunteers will be paired up to fulfill one of two roles: Driver or Navigator.  An app will provide step-by-step driving instructions. 

Virtual Volunteer Training: Monday June 10th, at 3:00 PM MST (session will be recorded)

The day of the study, volunteers will check-in and pick up sensing equipment at Ft. Marcy Park. Then, they will drive their assigned route, and return equipment to the check-in point after the route has been completed. Water and snacks will be available and a gas stipend will be provided to each volunteer who drives.

Volunteer shifts are at 6am, 3pm, and 7pm. Routes will take approximately 1hr to drive. Volunteers may sign up for multiple shifts.

Click here to Sign Up.

Click here for Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions (English) & Preguntas Frecuentes (Espanol)

Click here to see final reports from other cities that have participated in the past!


Thanks to our partners & friends for spreading the word!

  • Santa Fe Public Schools & SFPS Sustainability
  • City of Santa Fe Parks & Open Space Division
  • City of Santa Fe Office of Water Conservation
  • City of Santa Fe Office of Economic Development 
  • Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce
  • Santa Fe County
  • Keep Santa Fe Beautiful
  • Santa Fe Watershed Association
  • Friends of Architecture Santa Fe