The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

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Climate Change + Emoji = Climoji

Climate change communication is notoriously difficult, but a group of artists and students have come up with an innovative and thought-provoking new way to connect people to climate change in the 21st century: climate change emojis, or ‘Climojis.’ Designed by artists Marina Zurkow and Viniyata Pany with the help of Zurkow’s students at New York University, Climojis are a set of downloadable climate change-themed sms stickers for android and iphone that are designed to be used in text messages to spark conversations about climate change.
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RainMapper: New Smartphone App Uses Remote Sensing to Provide Rainfall Totals Across Globe

In developed countries, precipitation forecasting generally involves integrating data from weather stations, radiosondes, Doppler radar and weather satellites, not to mention numerical forecasting using supercomputers. Needless to say, such systems are not available in all parts of the world.

However, often an estimate of how much rain has fallen recently in or around the area of interest is sufficient. For this, the University of California-Irvine’s Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS; http://chrs.web.uci.edu/), along with UNESCO-IHP’s arid regions program G-WADI (www.gwadi.org or www.iciwarm.org), have developed solutions for both personal computers and mobile-devices.
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