"Wicked Hot Mystic" Will Identify And Cool Hot Spots Across The Boston Area

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – Scientists are taking advantage of the current heat wave to collect data that could potentially help cool off communities in the future.

A heat mapping campaign called, “Wicked Hot Mystic,” is being carried out by the Mystic River Watershed Association.

The goal of the campaign is to study urban heat islands, cool spots and air quality in the Boston area. Melanie Garate is with the organization and identified several communities they are studying.

“Cambridge, Somerville, East Boston, Chelsea, Everett – those are all environmental justice communities that are likely to have extreme heat and urban heat islands,” she said.

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After mapping out with their information, Garate hopes the organization will create incentives and initiatives for cities and towns to keep cool down these hot spots.

“That’s plenty more trees, creating more park spaces, creating more shading options or improving building stock,” Garate explained.

This is being done in collaboration with the Museum of Science and Resilient Mystic Collaborative.

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