The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program has issued a cloud challenge for the next two weeks, asking citizen scientists to report their local cloud conditions.
NASA has created an app called the GLOBE Observer to collect cloud reports and the GLOBE Visualization System map to display those reports. This setup is very similar to my reporting app ClimateViewer Reports and ClimateViewer 3D in name and function, however GLOBE Observer is designed specifically for geo-locating photos of clouds on your Android or iPhone! Think Pokemon GO! meets storm chasing or cloud spotting.
WHAT A GREAT TIME TO REPORT YOUR LOCAL ARTIFICIAL CLOUDS TO NASA!
- Persistent Contrails
- Spreading Contrails
- Contrail Cirrus
- Contrail Induced Cloudiness
- Aviation Induced Cloudiness (AIC)
- Aviation Induced Cirrus
- Induced Cirrus Cloudiness
- Jet produced cloud cover
- Man-made clouds
- Artificial Clouds
This is a limited time chance to get your polluted sky into a data-set that will be studied for years, don’t miss this opportunity.
- The Cloud Challenge data-set is a time capsule. We need to show as much sky as possible.
- People report chemtrails every day on Facebook, this post is forever.
- Your friends will tell you not to post because you will have to click “contrail” instead of chemtrail. Both words are bullshit, click contrail and press on. Your photo will show a contrail, chemtrail, aviation induced cloudiness, contrail cirrus, artificial clouds, or plane-farts. Whatever you want to call them, they are all clouds. Report the ones you hate, but don’t forget to report some gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, I’ll be watching.
- Your photos will help scientists better understand one of the greatest unknowns in science today: cloud-aerosol interaction and cloud effects on climate.
“Aerosol-cloud interactions are one of the main uncertainties in climate research.” Ulrike Lohmann, Miriam Kübbeler, Johannes Hendricks and Bernd Kärcher “Dust ice nuclei effects on cirrus clouds in ECHAM5-HAM” AIP Conf. Proc. 1527, 752 (2013); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4803380
[SPECIAL NOTE] Just like Pokemon GO!, your location is required. You will have to turn on location services to post your cloud report so NASA knows where the photos were taken. If this makes you paranoid, go to Google Maps GPS Coordinates, type in your hometown, move the marker to a location near you (not near your house, lol) and use the nearby latitude and longitude instead. Remember that altering GPS data by more than 50 miles is screwing up scientific data, please spoof responsibly.
I have tested the Android version of this app and I have to say it works pretty well. I made this short video showing me using the app:
Below is the official press release from NASA:
Source Link: http://observer.globe.gov/web/globe-observer/news-events/events/obseventsdetail/19589576/cloud-challenge
NASA invites you to participate in gathering observations of clouds as part of a two-week campaign to help all of us better understand our changing home planet. From August 31 to September 14, you can meet this challenge by downloading and using the GLOBE Observer app to observe clouds wherever you are.
The GLOBE Observer Cloud app has all the information you will need to make your observations. The app automatically records latitude and longitude, date and time. It will help you estimate the percent of cloud cover and cloud type. Finally, it will guide you through taking photographs in all four cardinal directions, straight up and straight down.
While you can take observations any time, the most valuable observations happen when a NASA satellite is overhead. To find out when a satellite is over you, click “check satellite flyovers” in the app. Current NASA satellites that observe clouds include Aqua, CALIPSO, CloudSat, NPP, and Terra. Learn more about these satellites.
Your observations will help us all to understand how clouds may be changing as climate changes, particularly as they allow us to see small features that are not visible from satellites and to identify cloud types that automated satellite sensors cannot. GLOBE is now the major source of human observations of clouds, which provide more information than automated systems.
Science is a collaborative endeavor, and community is an important aspect of this challenge experience. People engaged in GLOBE Observer become part of the national and international GLOBE community of learners and scientists across more than 110 countries around the world.
The GLOBE Observer app is available in iOS and Android formats.
IOS app via the App Store
Android app via Google Play
Download the app and get reporting people, that’s an order!