Crowdsourced science is becoming an increasingly popular tool to harness the power of the crowd in digging into massive amounts of data. For those that are interested in helping to analyze hurricanes and tropical storms, Rob at Zooniverse has put out a call for help:
June 1st marked the official beginning of the hurricane season in the Atlantic, and you can help improve our understanding of these powerful storms on www.cyclonecenter.org
To recognize the start of the season, Cyclone Center (or Centre – depending on where you are in the world) is focussing on four hurricanes that all struck Florida ten years ago in 2004: Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne. These storms claimed 34 lives and caused $18.9 billion in damages. We can’t prevent these disasters from happening, but your clicks can help us understand them better.
We’ll be doing more special storm sets throughout the hurricane season, so keep checking on the site.
Rob and the Zooniverse Team
PS If storms aren’t your thing, then maybe try our most-recently launched animal-spotting project: Condor Watch.