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Working on Hyperlocal Rainfall


So I have been with Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) for three whole months now and what an enjoyable time it has been so far – from being a part of a great team, to getting to meet and work with so many people around Peterborough and even planting a few trees along the way!

I am the Project Officer for Hyperlocal Rainfall, where we are developing an app that will be able to accurately predict rainfall within 5 minute intervals for the hour ahead of you, for your specific journeys, to help support and encourage Peterborough residents to use sustainable transport around the city.

I came to PECT late last year for this project having recently graduated from the University of East Anglia studying Environmental Science. I have had a passion for nature and environmental issues from a young age and my focus has grown around communicating and engaging people and communities with these environmental issues, such as sustainability and climate change.

I saw the Hyperlocal Rainfall project as a great opportunity to get involved with something truly innovative, getting people engaged with sustainable actions in a way that hadn’t been done before, and giving people a tool they themselves can use to make a real difference to their lives and their local environment. I am a true believer in ‘think global, act local’, and once I started to read up on PECT and the work it carries out I couldn’t wait to be a part of it.

Over the past few months I have learnt bucket loads and Hyperlocal Rainfall is developing nicely, having received input and help from nearly 40 people across Peterborough in how they would want this app to work for them and how best it could benefit the city.

All the feedback has been promising and I am really looking forward to getting even more people involved with Hyperlocal Rainfall over the next year. It will be great to meet more of you and to see the difference the app will be able to make in supporting the use of sustainable transport in people’s daily lives and in having a positive impact on our local environment!

Freya Herman is PECT's Project Officer for Hyperlocal Rainfall.