Earth Watchers Worldwide Data Metrics


Develop a web tool, mobile device app or add-on for existing apps or websites that leverages NASA imagery and climate data to illustrate the impacts of our changing Earth in areas of interest to you. Some ideas to explore include:

  • Use NASA Earth observations data, social media, smart phones, and Short Message Service (SMS) text phones to collect Earth observations and connect public in local, regional, and national networks to communicate about our changing planet.
  • Examine current natural events curated by NASA’s EONET (Earth Observatory Natural Event Tracker) by browsing global historical and near real-time imagery from space.
  • Upload images or other data points demonstrating visible observations and how they compare to satellite data. For example, generating early-warning alerts or validating precipitation rates reported from NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement Mission.
  • Integrate NASA imagery with a mobile assistant to allow for dynamic image generation based on a basic request structure.

The EarthWatcher application draws from several satellite sources and aggregates worldwide data into an easily accessible, effective interface. This empowers informed decisions to be made by individuals to governments and organizations seeking a streamlined, powerful interface made with user experience in mind. It takes full advantage of accurate, real-time data drawn from satellites; the user simply queries a location, selects the data they wish to see and EarthWatch provides the visualizations immediately.

Resources Used

NASA weather documentation, multiple APIs such as Forecast and MapBox.

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