The ISeeChange Tracker app allows folks like you and me to post changes we see in our immediate outside environment. The Tracker app is this country’s first community crowd-sourced climate and weather blog that allows us to share what we see that is unique or different and could reflect a change in the natural surroundings. The app is empowering because it gives us laypersons a voice that offers up our firsthand accounts to climate scientists who can use the information to observe weather and climate trends.
The app was created in collaboration with NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Mission that provides a satellite-view visualization of carbon dioxide – the greenhouse gas most directly connected to human actions. Information and observations gathered by the app will be combined with the CO2 data collected by NASA for a more complete picture of how the earth is changing.
Downloading the app is simple. To submit a sighting you have to create an account, sign in and include your location. Categories are called “Investigations” and include observations of change seen in Trees, Flooding, Agriculture, Coastal Erosion, Sea Level Rise, Fields, Backyards, Wildfires, Sightings of animals. Once you sign up you receive an email from a person on the ISeeChange team encouraging you to use all your senses when writing about what you are seeing. What you post goes on a blog and you are encouraged to ask questions and submit pictures.
Founded in 2012, ISeeChange is a community climate and weather journal. Through its groundbreaking environmental reporting platform, the company combines citizen science, participatory public media, and cutting-edge satellite and sensor monitoring to observe and collect data on environmental conditions. In 2015, ISeeChange received support from the Association for Independents in Radio and the Wyncote Foundation to expand nationwide.