in Chelsea, Fall River, and Holyoke, MA
Planting trees benefit our communities in many ways, including improving air and water quality and making our neighborhoods more beautiful. Trees also regulate air temperature by keeping the air cooler in the summer and blocking cold winds in the winter. Small outdoor data sensors were installed in the pilot cities of Chelsea, Fall River, and Holyoke in 2014, when the Department of Conservation (DCR) began planting trees in those communities. The sensors record hourly, high and low temperature readings. DCR Foresters download the data annually in the summer. The information collected is shared with researchers who analyze the data to understand how air temperature changes as the new trees grow.
The DCR temperature data collection is modeled after a study done in Worcester, MA following the USDA’s effort to eradicate the Asian Longhorned Beetle.
Temperature Data Collection Device