Collaborative Heat Mapping Research Project

The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges developed the Collaborative Heat Mapping Research Project through VFIC STEM Education Workshops with faculty and staff from VFIC schools. At the conclusion of these workshops, a sub-committee research group worked together to form a collaborative research project focusing on urban heat mapping.

Urban heat mapping allows areas to see where heat issues are of concern and where mitigation plans are working or not. Data from this project will provide crucial information for research and initiatives focused on social and environmental justice.

VFIC schools along with Virginia State University are participating in this project to collect heat data from ten localities in Virginia. Students, faculty, and volunteers will collect temperature data in the summer of 2021.

Areas Being Mapped:

  • Abingdon
  • Arlington
  • Farmville
  • Harrisonburg
  • Lynchburg
  • Petersburg
  • Richmond
  • Salem
  • Virginia Beach
  • Winchester

This collaborative project will allow VFIC students to have hands on experience under the mentorship of VFIC faculty members. This project will also allow VFIC schools to enhance and create new relationships with local citizens, community leaders, and government officials.

Thank You to Our Community Partners:

  • CAPA Strategies
  • Capital One
  • Science Museum of Virginia
  • Virginia Department of Forestry