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 Photos Weekend” 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 email 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 #cocorahssep15 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.