Grab your camera, it’s time to take some pictures again! Since the landscape can’t send us selfies, we’re going to need your help.
For the past 3 years, SCIPP, CoCoRaHS, and the Earth Observation and Modeling Facility have conducted a “Field Photo Weekends” project to create a national picture of our landscape. We have asked CoCoRaHS observers and other 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 with Labor Day Weekend in 2012 and have continued over Presidents Day and Memorial Day ever since.
The project started out as a way to compare visual impacts of drought to the kinds of things we measure. But even if the weather around you seems normal this year, these photos give a point of reference for what will maybe be different next year or in another season or maybe has recovered from a previous year.
To participate, all you need to do is snap a picture or two with your camera or smartphone and upload it via the EOMF iPhone app or Android app, the EOMF Field Photos Archive, or e-mail it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you use the app or upload the photos directly to the EOMF website, add the keyword, #CoCoRaHSMay15 so we can tag them in the database. If your camera or phone does not automatically geo-reference your photos (marks latitude and longitude), just give us a description of where and when the photo was taken and we will fill in the rest. You do not need to be a CoCoRaHS observer - anybody can participate!
For additional details about the project or taking or posting photos, please see our Field Photos Reference Sheet.