Mar 2, 2024 | Blog, Latest Updates

Planact will launch a heat mapping citizen scientist project on 5 March 2024 in partnership with the World Bank Africa, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, the National Treasury of South Africa, and the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.

This ground-breaking initiative will collect data and map areas which are most vulnerable to heat stress and develop innovative collective solutions.

Heat waves and higher temperatures affect those least equipped to manage these events and affect marginalised communities in disproportionate ways.

This citizen science heat mapping exercise aims to produce detailed ‘snapshots’ of heat stress conditions, identifying which neighbourhoods are most exposed to dangerously hot conditions during a heat wave.

Heat waves and a higher number of days of above-average temperatures will impact cities and their citizens making action imperative now. Climate change is driving risks, threats, and vulnerabilities for communities, including the “hidden hazard” of heat waves.