The next advance in weather forecasting may not come from a new satellite or supercomputer, but from a device in your pocket. University of Washington atmospheric scientists are using pressure sensors included in the newest smartphones to develop better weather forecasting techniques. ATMOS‘ Cliff Mass, Gregory Hakim, and Luke Madaus are mentioned; read more here!
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Atmospheric scientists and app developers are working to feed air pressure information, already being collected from thousands of Android phones, into sophisticated new climate models. With enough use of these apps, users could receive highly certain information about thunderstorms and tornadoes right where they are. ATMO‘s Cliff Mass is one of the scientists working with this new technology; read more here!
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A new crowdsourcing effort could soon make of the weather data from old ship logs, some more than 150 years old, available to climate scientists worldwide. JISAO is involved in this awesome new project; read more here!
The Office of the Washington State Climatologist, at the University of Washington, is seeking volunteers for its Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) Network. Volunteers record daily rainfall in their backyards and report that information to the CoCoRaHS website (cocorahs.org). Want to get involved? Learn more here, and share your wet data for science!
Josiah Utsch and Ridgely Kelly are 12-year-olds who care deeply about the 500-million-year-old nautilus–a deep sea creature related to the octopus and hunted for its beautiful large shell. These sixth graders are raising money to help ESS‘ Peter Ward save the nautilus from extinction. Josiah and Ridgely are flying out to Washington state to meet Dr. Ward, whom they consider an inspiration, and present him a check of all the money they’ve raised so far. Read more here!
Have you heard about the awesome ways in which people can get involved in scientific research? Projects like Fold.it, COASST and Whale.fm are only a few of the examples of the burgeoning opportunities under the term “public participation in scientific research” (or PPSR or citizen science). A conference devoted to this topic took place in Portland at the beginning of the month and it was a huge success. Want more? Check out this whole magazine full of stories and insights about PPSR. Then get out there and explore your world! Happy Friday!
Public participation in scientific research – termed “citizen science” – is growing, in numbers of projects, participants, and data points. Learn more about the exciting opportunities, as well as the challenges, that citizen science provides, and how you can get involved, here! SoundCitizen‘s Amanda Bruner is quoted.