Temperature Blast is brought to you by the Maryland Science Center and their research partners at the Baltimore Ecosystem Study. The Maryland Science Center is proud to join eleven science centers across the nation in the Association of Science-Technology Center's C3: Communicating Climate Change Citizen Science project.
Data collected through this effort will be used by Baltimore Ecosystem Study climatologists in testing models of the Baltimore region's climate. Using these data, temperatures for parts of the day at the six sites can be averaged to show how they relate to tree cover surrounding the stations. For participants, the project may serve as an introduction to the Urban Heat Island effect, the difference between climate and weather, raising awareness of our effects on the environment, and an invitation to participate in ongoing long-term scientific research.
Citizen Scientists, educators, students, and others are welcome to use the Temperature Blast website and application again and again, both at home and in the classroom. With every point of data collected by Citizen Scientists, urban climatologists can improve the accuracy of temperature averages and better interpret discrepancies from temperature models.