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Citizen Science


Disaster Response and Recovery

  • iCoast - Did the Coast Change? - iCoast allows citizen scientists to identify changes to the coast by comparing aerial photographs taken before and after storms. Crowdsourced data from iCoast will help USGS improve predictive models of coastal change and educate the public about the vulnerability of coastal communities to extreme storms.
  • Did You Feel It? - an online platform, maintained by USGS, through which individuals can report whether or not they experienced an earthquake: and how intense the quake was if they did.
  • Disaster Reporter - The purpose of the FEMA Disaster Reporter is to crowdsource and share disaster-related information for events occurring within the United States, allowing citizens, first responders, emergency managers, community response & recovery teams, and others to view and contribute information on a publicly accessible map.
  • mPING - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s mPING project employs citizen scientists to gather weather data.
  • SKYWARN® - The National Weather Service (NWS) relies on specially trained volunteers from across the country to report on severe thunderstorms, floods, tornadoes, snow and ice storms in their area.

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