Originally published in the Baynet

Looking a little like wayward space probes, weather stations on tripods have been popping up around the Baltimore area since spring, beside homes and in churchyards, gardens and vacant lots. 

They’re mechanical scouts for an ambitious $25 million research project led by Johns Hopkins University to explore the impacts of climate change in the urban environment and find ways to alleviate them.

The initiative, called the Baltimore Social-Environmental Collaborative (BSEC), brings together more than 70 scientists, engineers and other experts from seven universities and two national laboratories. It also includes a robust group of city officials and neighborhood leaders who are helping to guide the effort.

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