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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!