CUNY Urban hydro-metereological testbed (uHMT) is a set of weather stations across the NYC metropolitan area. It collects various meteorological datasets such as temperature, rainfall raties etc. These are used to determine the role played by soil moisture deficit between the urban and surrounding rural areas, in exacerbating urban air temperature and how does it impact the microclimate of the cities, local and regional climate.

Some other research questions answered using NY-uHMT datasets:

  • How incorporation of urbanization data into the flash flood guidance system by creating the static grid/pixels would help to identify and isolate areas where land development has altered the runoff characteristics of the New York City Area?
  • Can integration of ground based in-situ observation with radar and urbanized Weather Research and Forecasting (uWRF) model used to understand the spatial and temporal distribution of heavy rainfall that are influenced by urban heat island, urban canopy and urban aerosols, updated by higher resolution soil moisture records?

* As of now total 19 weather stations were installed across the New York City

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