6.4 A New Visualization and Community Tool to Promote Public Engagement of Observing Weather

Tuesday, 9 January 2018: 2:15 PM
Room 6B (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Dakota C. Smith, Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO

With the rise of crowd-sourced weather data, communities of passionate weather observers continue to grow and flourish. While these communities provide a great tool for science education and observation, there is a larger story that remains untold. Our new web based interface will provide these communities with an innovative space to create, share, and save their data. Instead of just recording a few numbers, this space will allow users to realize the broad meteorological scope of their observations and bring new meaning to their work. Our platform will allow users to interact with one another, attribute their observations to meteorological phenomena, and save photos and memories along with their data. Our hope for this project is to spur a new sense of engagement and understanding within communities that observe our atmosphere through citizen science.
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