Meteobike: Mapping urban heat islands with bikes

TitleMeteobike: Mapping urban heat islands with bikes
Duration2 Year
Project Summary

Heat islands are urban areas that experience higher temperatures relative to their surroundings. The Meteobike project was designed to help students develop a better understand of the urban heat island (UHI) effect, gain hands-on experience with sensors and programming, and expose them to the process of designing and carrying out original research. A Meteobike is a low-cost, mobile weather station comprised of a microcomputer (i.e., a Raspberry Pi), GPS receiver and a temperature/humidity sensor. Students can easily attach a Meteobike unit to their bikes then ride to collect real-time meteorological data to map the UHI effect. This project has been successfully implemented in GEOS 401: Urban Meteorology in 2020 and 2021. However, through the TLEF Fund, we hope to expand the scope of this project to make the Meteobike project more accessible, include additional new low-cost sensors, and develop standardized calibration protocols to ensure more accurate and reliable measurements.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2023/2024
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorSara Knox
Year 1: Funded Amount25,761
Year 1: Team Members

Sara Knox, Assistant Professor, Geography, Faculty of Arts
Zoran Nesic, Sr. Research Engineer, Faculty of Land and Food Systems