It’s Raining Cats and Dogs and CoCoRaHS Wants to Know Where and How Many Fell

You may have noticed some strange weather recently where you live. For example, in February, it reached 100o in Mangum, Oklahoma when 56o is the average. For the first time ever, temperatures in Antartica rose to the high 60s. And when was the last time you saw a headline reading Hawaii Has Had More Snow … Read more “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs and CoCoRaHS Wants to Know Where and How Many Fell”

Categories: Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Project Profile

Citizen Science to track weather and climate change

Many scientists rely on “small data” from  volunteers to understand local and global weather patterns and climate change. Collectively, the data are used to calibrate weather instruments on NASA satellites, or by the National Weather Service to refine forecasts or flood warnings.  Below, we highlight five projects turning small data into big impacts.  You can … Read more “Citizen Science to track weather and climate change”

Categories: Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Newsletter

Citizen Science in the City

Do you live or work in a city? Well, have we got the projects for YOU! Below, we highlight research projects in need of your help in cities.  Find more projects on SciStarter to do now or bookmark your favorites for later! Cheers! The SciStarter Team

Categories: Citizen Science, Newsletter

The Poetry of Science at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Carl Sandburg Home National Historical Site stretches over 246 rolling acres in Flat Rock, N.C. The writer and poet Sandburg moved to the property in 1945 for the solitude the natural landscape provides. Today, it is a place where nature, science, and creativity intertwine. Five miles of trails meander throughout the site – some leisurely … Read more “The Poetry of Science at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site”

Categories: Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Nature & Outdoors, Project Profile

Winter + Citizen Scientists + Twitter = Snowtweets!

Winter is here! Check out more winter weather themed citizen science projects at Scistarter. You know what the atmosphere is. But have you heard of the cryosphere? No, it’s not a giant frozen ice-cream sphere, if that’s what you’re thinking. (That’s not what you were thinking? Never mind then!) The cryosphere, as Wikipedia most sagely … Read more “Winter + Citizen Scientists + Twitter = Snowtweets!”

Categories: Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Ecology & Environment, Geology & Earth Sciences

FluSurvey: Understanding and Tracking Influenza Trends in the UK

Winter is here! Check out more winter weather themed citizen science projects at Scistarter. Here in the northern hemisphere, by this time of year, the signs of winter are nearly fully developed. Pea coats to defend us from the cold, denuded forests, grasses in gowns of morning white, and, of course, symptoms of the flu … Read more “FluSurvey: Understanding and Tracking Influenza Trends in the UK”

Categories: Citizen Science, Health

Citizen Science: the Animated Movie

There should be more animated movies about citizen science, don’t you think? Thankfully, the people at a weather-focused citizen science project called the Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow project (known by the funny acronym CoCoRaHS) have made this video! It tells the story of how the project started and explains how people all over the country are getting involved. Watch and find out how you can become a CoCoRaHS volunteer too! … Read more

Categories: Citizen Science, Climate & Weather

How to Winterize Your Trees

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to plant three trees during a Casey Trees community tree planting event in Washington, D.C.  On that freezing cold December morning, I got to thinking: how do trees survive the winter months? Is there anything can we do to make it easier for them? Well, it turns out that caring for trees is … Read more “How to Winterize Your Trees”

Categories: Climate & Weather, Ecology & Environment, Nature & Outdoors