The New York Urban Hydro-meteorological Testbed (NY-uHMT) autonomous weather stations monitors both meteorological and hydrological conditions around NYC regions to get more in-depth and cross-sectional weather real-time data to support research studies on weather, water, and climate. These stations measures air temperature, relative humidity, precipitation, and soil moisture every 15 minutes each day.
These studies and weather data will help build a strong network of citizen science and community engagement across the city that also include several public schools, community colleges, one public library, botanical garden and several NY City Housing Authority (NYCHA) real estates. K12 curriculum often lacks inquiry-based, engineering and technology-oriented lessons and contents.
This project, where NY City primarily serves as an environmental lab will help K12 students and educators connect their lessons with the real-world environmental problems beyond the classroom settings, since most of these stations are located within the school premises. The data produced from these stations will be available to public, agencies and researchers through open access servers located at the CUNY CREST Institute in the City College of New York.
These data are used to validate NOAA’ satellite data products and create a high-resolution urban Flash Flood Guidance (uFFG) and Hazard Warnings system to help city officials and emergency managers make informed decisions during the occurrence of extreme weather events.