Microclimate Monitoring of Green Roofs in London using Low Cost Sensors to Evaluate Contribution to Climate Change Adaptation
The project aims to examine the potential of urban green roofs to provide climate change adaptation in cities with regard to cooling, air filtration and storm water attenuation. This will be achieved by making use of existing knowledge in the KCL Geography Department to develop, trial, optimise and deploy low-cost sensors (using Arduinos) to measure: temperature, humidity, soil moisture, air-quality and drainage on green roofs. Innovation will be required to develop a sensor that is robust, cheap, has enough power to collect data remotely for a year and can transfer data automatically via wifi. The ultimate goal will be to deploy the sensors on about 60 roofs across London that will collect research quality data that could contribute to an existing PhD project looking at the role of green infrastructure in cities. The student will also work with The Green Infrastructure Consultancy to identify and access the roofs.