People in Manchester will be joining in two unique science experiments to explore the urban heat island micro-climate.
Developed by the Met Office and supported by OPAL, these experiments involve blowing bubbles, seeing where they land, and recording the findings online. The results will tell us a great deal about air flows throughout the city.
The bubble chase experiments will be presented at the Futuresonic event in Manchester and everyone attending will be encouraged to take part. Futuresonic is an urban festival of art, music and new ideas and takes place 13-16 May 2009.
Even if you don't go to Futuresonic you can still be part of the bubble blowing challenge and contribute your findings to the online map. More information, including a set of illustrated instructions are on the festival website.
Environment 2.0 Art Exhibition
From 13-23rd May the CUBE Gallery in Manchester will host a wide range of innovative artworks that highlight the environmental impact of our actions. As with other Futuresonic projects, the aim is to provoke thought and inspire action.
OPAL scientists from the Natural History Museum have collaborated with the artist Christian Nold to create a project called Biotagging - a unique collaborative portrayal of the animals and plants with which residents of Manchester share the city.