Join the bubble chase and help study urban climate

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.

Get involved
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.





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Alec III's picture

sounds like fun. similar to the experiment they did with the yellow rubber-duckies to determine ocean currents. (did that happen or did i just dream it did?)

any way, this heat island thing. there's an arctile in this months National Geographic about green roofs/roof gardens. some great pictures.

talks about urban roofscape as being "a little like hell- a life less place of bituminous surfaces, violent temperature contasts, bitter winds, and an anitpathy to water"

"If buildings sprang up suddenly out of the ground like mushrooms, their rooftops would would be covered with a layer of soil and plants"