Nasa calls on the help of citizens to advance his research. From March 15 to April 15, 2018, individuals are encouraged to take part in the work of the US Space Agency on the climate. Cloud lovers have the opportunity to participate in the project GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment), an initiative that aims to encourage students and science enthusiasts to get involved in the collection of data. Concretely through the Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge NASA invites you to photograph the sky and transmit the data, via the application Android or iOS GLOBE observe, to allow scientists to identify the types of clouds present on the photographs, according to the regions where they were photographed. Interest? Help NASA to identify some images that are particularly difficult to interpret when taken from high altitude Earth observation satellites. " There are places on the planet where we do not have field data, so scientific citizens can do much to advance our knowledge ," say NASA scientists. Thus, it is not always easy to tell the difference between a particular cloud or between the snow that could be on the tops of a mountain and the cirrus. The photographs taken from the ground could therefore solve this problem since scientists will now be able to compare their images with those provided by citizens. This citizen's initiative project would also provide a better understanding of the role of different types of clouds in climate change.
A video as a reward
To be part of the adventure, nothing more simple: just download the application GLOBE observe and follow the different steps. During the first use, citizen scientists can view a brief tutorial to explain the operation of the application. From the menu, users must determine whether the sky is clear and clear or obscured by rain, snow, dust or fog. If the sky is cloudy, the participants are asked to classify the clouds according to their size and type. The application takes care of all other information, such as the location or the date and time of the shooting. Scientific citizens can, if they wish, send up to 10 photographs per day. Participants in Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge will be rewarded with a video posted on the NASA project website .-