Video Citizen Science Education Safety Symposium

Understanding Extreme Heat Threats with a Public Engaged Weather Network in Hong Kong

  • By AMS Staff
  • Jul 31, 2023

In this talk presented at the 2022 AMS Community and Citizen Science Symposium, Dr. Lam introduces a Hong Kong based Community Weather Information Network (Co-WIN) which provides local meteorological information from the rooftops of primary and secondary schools (and has over 170 members). He provides a comprehensive overview of network operations including sensor development, data quality assurance, public engagement and scientific investigation. The talk also includes examples of using the network data for various applications such as numerical downscaling for high-resolution forecast and extreme heat warning signal system for heat stress-related health threats will be covered, illustrating the importance and the contribution of citizen science to  traditional scientific studies. 

About Dr. Nicky Yun Fat Lam

Dr. Nicky Y.F. Lam is an Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong. He received his BS (2001) in Civil Engineering, MS (2004) in Environmental Engineering and PhD (2010) in Civil Engineering in the department of CEE at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Lam is interested in a variety of climate and air quality researches, including ambient air quality sampling, permitting, emission inventory development and future air quality and climate change modeling. His research focuses include regional climate and chemistry downscaling, future climate change, ozone stratosphere-troposphere exchange (STE), Asian biomass burning, and ozone pollution. Dr. Lam has been a trainer for climate and air quality models for various government agencies, including Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (HKEPD) and Asia Center for Air Pollution Research (ACAP) in Japan.