ENVIRONMENT 2.0 AT FUTURESONIC 2009 Manchester
Climate Bubbles is a playful, participatory project in which two bubble blowing games enable people across the city of Manchester to test air flow circulation, and by sharing the results online, enable the Met Office to get a snapshot the Urban Heat Island phenomenon. Biotagging Manchester is a participatory ‘citizen science’ project to discover and map Manchester’s urban wildlife in new ways. People will move along a straight line through Manchester, traversing a range of microclimates, including cooler and warmer areas of the city.
Climate Bubbles will see hundreds of people across Manchester simultaneously blowing soap bubbles and noting where and how quickly they float. People will then be asked to input their individual bubble data into an online interactive map of the city – giving the MET office access to a wealth of urban climate data that is difficult to observe via conventional methods.