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President’s Day Field Photo Weekends Feb. 18-20, 2017 | 2.2.2017

“Field Photo Weekends” February 18-20 . . . Celebrate President’s Day Weekend by taking a photo or two!

What does your landscape look like in mid-winter? Have you participated in the CoCoRaHS Field Photos Weekends before? If not, here’s your chance to join hundreds of other CoCoRaHS observers to see what our landscapes looks like. If you have participated before, this is a great chance to go back to your favorite spots and see what has changed. On President’s Day Weekend, February 18-20, you can help by participating in our “Field Photo Weekends”.

For each Field Photo Weekend, we ask citizen scientists to take pictures of the land around them - water bodies, fields, forests, or any other facet of our environment - at roughly the same time. These events began in 2012 and have continued over Presidents Day and Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day ever since. For more information, see a short animated video explaining what we measure and why.

All you have to do is take your camera or smartphone, find a landscape in your community (streams, lakes, rivers, reservoirs, a forest, a crop field, a pasture, etc.) and take a single photo or a panorama in four different directions (N, E, S, W) from where you are standing. After that you can either email your photos with your location to: fieldphotos@southernclimate.org, or upload them directly to the Earth Observation and Modeling Facility’s photo archive website: “http://www.eomf.ou.edu/photos”. For detailed instructions, click here: “FIELD PHOTO WEEKENDS

If you have a GPS smartphone, you can use the “Field Photo” app, which is now freely available in the “Apple Store” and “Google Play Store”. You can use your smartphone to take a photo in the field, enter metadata to describe the landscape, and then upload the photo and metadata into the EOMF photo archive website directly from your phone when you have access to WI-FI. When your enter metadata, you may also add “#CoCoRaHSFeb17” keyword.

If you want to see what others have submitted before, go to Global Geo-Referenced Field Photo Library, do a search by a keyword “CoCoRaHS” and/or date, and click on any of the dots.

Field Photo Weekend is a partnership between CoCoRaHS, the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) and the Earth Observation and Modeling Facility (EOMF) to help ground truth through photos, what is going on with our landscapes throughout the country. It’s not just drought we are looking for either, it could be flooding, fire, or whatever state the landscape is now in. There is the possibility that we may hold additional “Field
Photo Weekends” during the year to show how conditions to your landscape may have changed over time. This should be fun!

In a few weeks this weekend’s photos will be posted and you’ll be able to see your photos and those taken by other volunteers. Reference the “FIELD PHOTO WEEKENDS” page to see how to view the photos.

Remember you don’t have to email your photos this weekend, just take them, but we do encourage you to email them soon afterward. That address again is: fieldphotos@southernclimate.org. When uploading your photos please include the words #CoCoRaHSFeb17 in the notes field.

Thanks in advance for participating during the President’s Day weekend!

Texas and Oklahoma Extremes: Learning from Recent Four-Year Drought and Spring Flooding Events | 9.14.2016

A new report is available for the Texas and Oklahoma Extremes Workshop.

In October of 2015, representatives from state and federal agencies representing broad areas of water, public safety, infrastructure and other management participated in the workshop, Texas and Oklahoma Extremes: Learning from the Recent Four-Year Drought and Spring Flooding Events. This event was sponsored by NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP), the National Weather Service Southern Region, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC). This workshop was a NIDIS Southern Plains Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) activity with the goal of improving disaster reduction and building capacity for better decision-making relating to drought planning and mitigation.

The workshop focused on the successes, challenges, lessons learned, and opportunities for future collaboration related to the recent 2010-2015 drought and spring 2015 flood events. The workshop included presentations and discussions about the shift from extreme drought to floods in 2015 and tactics the participants’ agencies used to manage the impacts of those events. Discussions specifically focused on monitoring tools, agency coordination, unexpected impacts, successes and public outreach.

The report can be found here.

Labor Day Field Photo Weekend | 8.11.2016

“Field Photo Weekend” September 3-5 . . . Celebrate Labor Day Weekend by taking a photo or two!

What does your landscape look like in late spring or early summer? Have you participated in the CoCoRaHS Field Photos Weekends before? If not, here’s your chance to join hundreds of other CoCoRaHS observers to see what our landscapes looks like. If you have participated before, this is a great chance to go back to your favorite spots and see what has changed. On Labor Day Weekend, September 3-5, you can help by participating in our “Field Photo Weekend”.

For each Field Photo Weekend, we ask citizen scientists to take pictures of the land around them - water bodies, fields, forests, or any other facet of our environment - at roughly the same time. These events began in 2012 and have continued over Presidents Day and Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day ever since. For more information, see a short animated video explaining what we measure and why.

All you have to do is take your camera or smartphone, find a landscape in your community (streams, lakes, rivers, reservoirs, a forest, a crop field, a pasture, etc.) and take a single photo or a panorama in four different directions (N, E, S, W) from where you are standing. After that you can either email your photos with your location to: fieldphotos@southernclimate.org, or upload them directly to the Earth Observation and Modeling Facility’s photo archive website: “http://www.eomf.ou.edu/photos”. For detailed instructions, click here: “FIELD PHOTO WEEKENDS

If you have a GPS smartphone, you can use the “Field Photo” app, which is now freely available in the “Apple Store” and “Google Play Store”. You can use your smartphone to take a photo in the field, enter metadata to describe the landscape, and then upload the photo and metadata into the EOMF photo archive website directly from your phone when you have access to WI-FI. When your enter metadata, you may also add “#CoCoRaHSSep16” keyword.

If you want to see what others have submitted before, go to Global Geo-Referenced Field Photo Library, do a search by a keyword “CoCoRaHS” and/or date, and click on any of the dots (these photos were from Labor Day weekend last September).

Field Photo Weekend is a partnership between CoCoRaHS, the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) and the Earth Observation and Modeling Facility (EOMF) to help ground truth through photos, what is going on with our landscapes throughout the country. It’s not just drought we are looking for either, it could be flooding, fire, or whatever state the landscape is now in. There is the possibility that we may hold additional “Field Photo Weekends” during the year to show how conditions to your landscape may have changed over time. This should be fun!

In a few weeks this weekend’s photos will be posted and you’ll be able to see your photos and those taken by other volunteers. Reference the “FIELD PHOTO WEEKENDS” page to see how to view the photos.

Remember you don’t have to email your photos this weekend, just take them, but we do encourage you to email them soon afterward. That address again is: fieldphotos@southernclimate.org. When uploading your photos please include the words #CoCoRaHSSep16 in the notes field.

Thanks in advance for participating during the Labor Day weekend!

Fourth of July Field Photos Weekend | 6.28.2016

“Field Photo Weekend” July 2-4. . . Celebrate Fourth of July Weekend by taking a photo or two!

What does your landscape look like in late spring or early summer? Have you participated in the CoCoRaHS Field Photos Weekends before? If not, here’s your chance to join hundreds of other CoCoRaHS observers to see what our landscapes looks like. If you have participated before, this is a great chance to go back to your favorite spots and see what has changed. This weekend, July 2-4, you can help by participating in our “Field Photo Weekend”.

For each Field Photo Weekend, we ask citizen scientists to take pictures of the land around them - water bodies, fields, forests, or any other facet of our environment - at roughly the same time. These events began in 2012 and have continued over Presidents Day and Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day ever since. For more information, see a short animated video explaining what we measure and why.

All you have to do is take your camera or smartphone, find a landscape in your community (streams, lakes, rivers, reservoirs, a forest, a crop field, a pasture, etc.) and take a single photo or a panorama in four different directions (N, E, S, W) from where you are standing. After that you can either email your photos with your location to: fieldphotos@southernclimate.org, or upload them directly to the Earth Observation and Modeling Facility’s photo archive website: “http://www.eomf.ou.edu/photos”. For detailed instructions, click here: “FIELD PHOTO WEEKENDS

If you have a GPS smartphone, you can use the “Field Photo” app, which is now freely available in the “Apple Store” and “Google Play Store”. You can use your smartphone to take a photo in the field, enter metadata to describe the landscape, and then upload the photo and metadata into the EOMF photo archive website directly from your phone when you have access to WI-FI. When your enter metadata, you may also add “#CoCoRaHSJul16” keyword.

If you want to see what others have submitted before, go to Global Geo-Referenced Field Photo Library, do a search by a keyword “CoCoRaHS” and/or date, and click on any of the dots (these photos were from Labor Day weekend last September).

Field Photo Weekend is a partnership between CoCoRaHS, the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) and the Earth Observation and Modeling Facility (EOMF) to help ground truth through photos, what is going on with our landscapes throughout the country. It’s not just drought we are looking for either, it could be flooding, fire, or whatever state the landscape is now in. There is the possibility that we may hold additional “Field
Photo Weekends” during the year to show how conditions to your landscape may have changed over time. This should be fun!

In a few weeks this weekend’s photos will be posted and you’ll be able to see your photos and those taken by other volunteers. Reference the “FIELD PHOTO WEEKENDS” page to see how to view the photos.

Remember you don’t have to email your photos this weekend, just take them, but we do encourage you to email them soon afterward. That address again is: fieldphotos@southernclimate.org. When uploading your photos please include the words #CoCoRaHSJul16 in the notes field.

Thanks in advance for participating during the Fourth of July weekend!

Memorial Day Field Photos Weekend | 5.23.2016

“Field Photo Weekend” May 28-30 . . . Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend by taking a photo or two!

What does your landscape look like in late spring or early summer? Have you participated in the CoCoRaHS Field Photos Weekends before? If not, here’s your chance to join hundreds of other CoCoRaHS observers to see what our landscapes looks like. If you have participated before, this is a great chance to go back to your favorite spots and see what has changed. This weekend, May 28th-30th, you can help by participating in our twelfth “Field Photo Weekend”.

All you have to do is take your camera or smartphone, find a landscape in your community (streams, lakes, rivers, reservoirs, a forest, a crop field, a pasture, etc.) and take a single photo or a panorama in four different directions (N, E, S, W) from where you are standing. After that you can either email your photos with your location to: fieldphotos@southernclimate.org, or upload them directly to the Earth Observation and Modeling Facility’s photo archive website: “http://www.eomf.ou.edu/photos”. For detailed instructions, click here: “FIELD PHOTO WEEKENDS

If you have a GPS smartphone, you can use the “Field Photo” app, which is now freely available in the “Apple Store” and “Google Play Store”. You can use your smartphone to take a photo in the field, enter metadata to describe the landscape, and then upload the photo and metadata into the EOMF photo archive website directly from your phone when you have access to WI-FI. When your enter metadata, you may also add “#CoCoRaHSMay16” keyword.

If you want to see what others have submitted before, go to Global Geo-Referenced Field Photo Library, do a search by a keyword “CoCoRaHS” and/or date, and click on any of the dots (these photos were from Labor Day weekend last September).

Field Photo Weekend is a partnership between CoCoRaHS, the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) and the Earth Observation and Modeling Facility (EOMF) to help ground truth through photos, what is going on with our landscapes throughout the country. It’s not just drought we are looking for either, it could be flooding, fire, or whatever state the landscape is now in. There is the possibility that we may hold additional “Field Photo Weekends” during the year to show how conditions to your landscape may have changed over time. This should be fun!

In a few weeks this weekend’s photos will be posted and you’ll be able to see your photos and those taken by other volunteers. Reference the “FIELD PHOTO WEEKENDS” page to see how to view the photos.

Remember you don’t have to email your photos this weekend, just take them, but we do encourage you to email them soon afterward. That address again is: fieldphotos@southernclimate.org. When uploading your photos please include the words #CoCoRaHSMay16 in the notes field.

Thanks in advance for participating during the long President’s Day weekend!