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CloudSpotters App Crowdsources Cloud Atlas

CloudSpotters App Crowdsources Cloud Atlas

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One of the most popular things to take pictures of with our smartphones are clouds (probably right behind pictures of fancy meals or sunrises and sunsets), so why not join a community that really appreciates cloud pictures?

With the CloudSpotter app, you can capture and share images of different cloud types, while also contributing to a better understanding of the effect of clouds on the Earth’s climate.

CloudSpotter, from the Cloud Appreciation Society, lets users explore the amazing world of clouds by learning how to spot them, and then “collecting” them:

“From the fluffy Cumulus that form on a sunny day, to the rare Noctilucent clouds that shine from the fringes of space, the fleeting beauty and endless variety of clouds have have always fascinated scientists and daydreamers alike.

Introducing 40 uniquely different cloud species and light phenomena with hundreds of spectacular photographs and extensive descriptions, CloudSpotter enables you to easily identify and spot them in the sky.

Become a CloudSpotter, build your collection, unlock Stars and Achievements as you join the global community and compete with other CloudSpotters around the globe!” – CloudSpotter

And not only does CloudSpotter help to turn people into cloud experts, it’s also helping experts with weather and climate research. According to the Guardian, NASA will also be using the information uploaded by users of CloudSpotter to help them calibrate their Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) program, which measures the sunlight and heat reflected back from the Earth. This data will help the space agency to refine their satellite measurements by comparing them to the amount and type of cloud cover captured in CloudSpotter images.

“What we’re hoping to do is tap into that resource and be able to pull out those pictures that actually line up with when our satellites are going over a particular location.” – Lin Chambers, from NASA’s Langley Research Center

Find out more about the app and become a cloud expert at CloudSpotterApp.

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