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Sustainability 2017, 9(1), 23; doi:10.3390/su9010023

Public Interest in Microclimate Data in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

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College of Social Work, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
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Department of Geography, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
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Academic Editor: Ralf Hansmann
Received: 10 November 2016 / Revised: 19 December 2016 / Accepted: 22 December 2016 / Published: 24 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Education and Approaches)
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Abstract

New technologies can sense urban environmental conditions at finer scales than previously possible. This has paved the way for monitoring microclimates between and within neighborhoods. Equally vital, though much less studied, is stakeholder engagement in understanding and using such data. This study examines interests and preferences for accessing neighborhood-scale microclimate data among residents of Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Data are from randomly sampled phone surveys (N = 200) and purposively sampled focus group participants (N = 25). Survey participants expressed high interest in neighborhood air quality, temperature, and rainfall. Focus groups revealed four themes for designing smartphone applications or websites for neighborhood-scale data: easy access to integrated data, clear and intuitive design, information for everyday living and healthy behavior, and tools for civic engagement. Results support the value of creating meaningful, usable science interfaces with which the public can readily engage. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban; neighborhood; weather; air quality; community; communication urban; neighborhood; weather; air quality; community; communication
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Mason, L.R.; Hathaway, J.M.; Ellis, K.N.; Harrison, T. Public Interest in Microclimate Data in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Sustainability 2017, 9, 23.

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