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NASA invites citizen scientists for cloud observation challenge

IANS  |  Washington 

Love to at the clouds and admire nature's NASA invites you to take part in a observation challenge.

As a part of its GLOBE Programme -- an international science and programme beginning March 15 through April 15 -- citizen scientists of all ages can make up to 10 observations per day using the GLOBE Observer app or one of the other data entry options (for trained GLOBE members).

"The GLOBE Programme is offering this challenge to show people how important it is to NASA to have citizen observations, observations from the ground up," Marile Colon Robles, from in Virginia, US, said in a statement.

"We're going from winter to spring, so the types of storms will change, which will also change the types of cloud," Robles said.

The challenge participants with the most observations will be congratulated by a NASA in a video posted on the GLOBE Programme's website and on

data collected by citizen scientists are highly valued and used by researchers because it helps to validate data from Earth-observing instruments.

"Looking at what an observer recorded as clouds and looking at their surface observations really helps us better understand the images that were matched from the satellite," Robles said.

One does not need to be a cloud-gazing pro to participate. For those who want to be part of the challenge but don't have a lot of experience identifying clouds, Robles offers the following advice: "Just go outside".

The more clouds you observe, she said, the more comfortable you'll be collecting data.



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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 12:10 IST