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Finalist Evaluation

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This is a simple strategy that has certainly been proposed before, and some important concerns have been raised previously with regard to the feasibility of this approach. However, it would be really nice to see if it works in a few pilot installations, because this would be a relatively simple and straightforward step to take, so I support pushing it through to the final phase of the competition. I would suggest that the diagnostic portion of the proposal be bumped up for this reason; where you say "Local academic talent (students) would measure continuous surface temperatures over summer months", I would consider suggesting potential partners who would be good candidates for this. If this ends up getting done, I certainly could help in doing some of this assessment work. That said, I think that just testing a white lot versus a black one would not be that informative. I would instead think about a few different kinds of illustrative installations that would be instructive in terms of the tradeoffs and potential applications of implementing such a strategy in different micro-environments, so that the learning would be less black and white, so to speak (sorry - had to!) :)

Good luck in the final phase of the competition!

Semi-Finalist Evaluation

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Congratulations on making it to the Semi-Finals for the Urban Heat Island Effect contest. Please take into consideration the comments left by the judges and do please incorporate that feedback into your final proposal. Specifically, if you can give some more details on cost and impact, that would be greatly appreciated.

We look forward to seeing your ideas finalized in the next iteration!

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Climate Colab

Mar 6, 2015
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This is a simple strategy that has certainly been proposed before, and some important concerns have been raised previously with regard to the feasibility of this approach. However, it would be really nice to see if it works in a few pilot installations, because this would be a relatively simple and straightforward step to take, so I support pushing it through to the final phase of the competition. I would suggest that the diagnostic portion of the proposal be bumped up for this reason; where you say "Local academic talent (students) would measure continuous surface temperatures over summer months", I would consider suggesting potential partners who would be good candidates for this. If this ends up getting done, I certainly could help in doing some of this assessment work. That said, I think that just testing a white lot versus a black one would not be that informative. I would instead think about a few different kinds of illustrative installations that would be instructive in terms of the tradeoffs and potential applications of implementing such a strategy in different micro-environments, so that the learning would be less black and white, so to speak (sorry - had to!) :) Good luck in the final phase of the competition!