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Calling Volunteer Scientists to Report Dust Storms with Their Smartphones

Updated on July 5, 2019 - 12:35 PM CDT
Posted on July 5, 2019 - 12:33 PM CDT

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NASA GLOBE Observer needs your help recruiting volunteer citizen scientists to report dust storms. Scientists want these data so they can improve forecasts of dust storms and send early warnings to the public.

NASA GLOBE Observer needs your help recruiting volunteer citizen scientists to report dust storms. Scientists want these data so they can improve forecasts of dust storms and send early warnings to the public.

How can you help? Tell people in your community that if they see a dust storm, please report it using the GLOBE Observer app. Download the free GLOBE Observer app.

Here’s what volunteer scientists need to do:

*Safety First! Always stay safe by observing dust storms from inside a building or vehicle.

  • Step 1: Open the app and register using your email. You will receive an email immediately with your password. Login to the app.
  • Step 2: Select “Clouds” and “New Cloud Observation”
  • Step 3: Select “Obscured”
  • Step 4: Check “Dust” and on the next screen, select surface conditions (e.g., a series of short yes/no questions)
  • Step 5: Select “Add Pictures Manually”
  • Step 6: Point your camera at the horizon and take your photo.*
  • Step 7: Submit your observations by selecting “Send Observations Now.”

Click “See My Data” from the Clouds home screen to see all observations you have submitted.

Want more? Here's a webpage with screenshots walking through these steps.

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