Campaign Lead Organization(s): Resilient Mystic River Collaborative, Museum of Science, Boston, Mystic River Watershed Association
Melanie Gárate, Museum of Science: email@example.com
Sara Benson, Museum of Science: firstname.lastname@example.org
More hot days by the end of the century compared to the beginning (US CRT Climate Explorer)
Population that does not speak English "very well" compared to 8.4% national average. (2019 ACS - US Census)
Population living in poverty, compared to 12.5% national average. (2019 ACS - US Census)
Population living alone, compared to 15% national average. (2019 ACS - US Census)
Located in the Greater Boston Area, the Mystic River watershed is home to over half a million diverse residents within 76 square miles and 21 communities.
The Greater Boston Area is known for its cold winters, snowy city streets and Nor’Easter storms. We know to budget for salt on our roads, keep warm indoors and do the “penguin shuffle” to get to the car. Summers, however, are becoming increasingly important to plan for since they are getting longer, hotter, and more humid. We need to understand how it impacts our built environment and the health of people in order to plan for it. Surprisingly, extreme heat, sometimes known as the “silent storm of extreme weather” causes more deaths in the US than all other weather hazards combined. As daily temperatures continue to increase in Massachusetts, Wicked Hot Mystic is focused on building a community of resilience to prepare for a hotter Greater Boston Area within the Mystic River Watershed.
This work is branching off of the previous Wicked Hot Boston project, which MOS and partners completed in 2019. You can find more information about the project, data and final maps here: https://www.mos.org/pes-forum-archive/wickedhotboston
For Wicked Hot Mystic, we will collect air temperature, humidity, wind, and air quality data in the summer. In the Fall and Winter of 2021, the Project Team will lead a community engagement process to identify and prioritize solutions based on priority populations. These efforts will provide the cities with high resolution temperature data throughout the entire day and area, which can then be layered with other factors such as tree canopy, surface temperature, income level, elderly population, or emergency room visits. It is important to compare maps of extreme heat “hot spots” in the Boston area with maps of where people are in order to understand what neighborhoods and people are the most impacted.
NIHHIS is an integrated information system that builds understanding of the problem of extreme heat, defines demand for climate services that enhance societal resilience, develops science-based products and services from a sustained climate science research program, and improves capacity, communication, and societal understanding of the problem in order to reduce morbidity and mortality due to extreme heat. NIHHIS is a jointly developed system by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.