The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Monitoring Systems

iRain Mobile App: Using Citizen Science to Support Water Management

A new mobile app has been designed to help monitor the impacts of climate on the water cycle. The iRain mobile app utilizes citizen science via crowd-soured data to track precipitation globally. iRain is available for iOS or Android devices. You can find the mobile app on iTunes or in the Google Play store.

iRain has been created to serve as a mobile version of the web-based iRain tool ( developed by the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS) at the University of California – Irvine, directed by Dr. Soroosh Sorooshian, with support from a broad range of partners, including USACE IWR-ICIWaRM and UNESCO. It is designed to facilitate the collection of real-time global satellite precipitation observations, allowing its users to track rainfall events all over the globe. This can be particularly useful in regards to emergency planning, to warn and inform individuals of dangerous hydrological events. The data are gathered via the PERSIANN-CCS system, which has been under development for two decades. Users can also use the crowdsourcing functionality of the app to report their local rainfall information to supplement our data. For researchers, these data are useful as it provides a convenient and user-friendly mobile means of accessing the data that is currently available on the web version of iRain. Read More...

Call for Abstracts: AGU Session on Integrated Observations and Modeling of Water Cycle (Variability) Extremes (WCEs)

Extremes in the water cycle are becoming more frequent and intense as the climate changes. Many of the impacts of these climate-related extremes are mediated through the water cycle. They are particularly important because of their large impacts on socio-economic structures/activities and on natural ecosystems. WCEs are at the center of changes in the water-food-energy-health-ecosystem nexus. They provide a cross-cutting focus for water cycle research and applications. Adequately characterizing WCEs (in space/time) is a challenge to both space-based and in-situ observing systems, and data assimilation/modeling systems. These topics will be discussed in a session at the AGU Conference taking place 14-18 December 2015 in San Francisco, CA, USA. Read More...