Maybe you are here from a Zooniverse email, or maybe you found us some other way. Thanks for stopping by and helping us do science! Here’s some quick tips and advice to help you get comfortable classifying cyclones.
- Do the tutorial and use the field guide. Our project can be a little more overwhelming than some others because it is sometimes hard to know what to choose. Each question has “help” close by – just scroll down to find it!
- Don’t be afraid to be wrong. Early on you might be worried that you will choose the wrong picture and screw up the science. It’s fine! You are one of many people looking at an image and we’ll account for choices that might not be the best. It’s how crowd sourcing works.
- Ask questions in “Talk”. Use the forum to communicate with us and ask us questions about storms that you are classifying. We’ll get back to you usually very quickly but always within a day or two. We like to hear from our classifiers!
- Know that every classification you do is helping us. EVERY click is important! As you complete more images your responses will become even more valuable as you gain experience. We have a lot to do and we appreciate your contributions.
That will get you started and hopefully keep you going. Again, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions or advice on particular images and patterns. Thanks for participating!
It’s June 1 again, which means two things. First, it’s the beginning of what is called “meteorological summer” in the Northern Hemisphere. And second, it is the official beginning of the tropical cyclone season in the North Atlantic Ocean. So it’s one of the featured days on weather geeks calendars, and for hurricane fanatics, it’s time to prepare for what’s coming at us this season.
Today also marks a special day for the organization that hosts our Cyclone Center project – Zooniverse. They announced the launch of their 100th citizen science project, a space-based endeavor called “Galaxy Nurseries”. You may not know that Cyclone Center was Read More…
Much like North Carolina-style barbecue , our project is slow-roasted and prepared for greatness. Read More…
A paper just released online in the journal Nature Geoscience (Mei and Xie 2016) shows that typhoons in the northwestern Pacific Ocean have intensified by 12-15% over the last 37 years, including a dramatic increase in the proportion of category 4 and 5 storms. Previous studies on trends in typhoon intensity for the same region have been contradictory because of differences in the operational tropical cyclone wind speed datasets used. How can Cyclone Center help reconcile these differences?
Cyclone Center was the 14th project hosted by Zooniverse when it was launched in September of 2012 and only the second that was based on weather or climate data. As we come up on our 4th birthday, we’d like share what we’ve learned so far and how your classifications over the next few months will lead to even more exciting findings.
The reason for Cyclone Center is simple. Tropical cyclones generally develop over remote areas of the ocean, where there are few if any direct observations of them. It is vitally important that we know how strong these storms are for societal (e.g. warnings, evacuations, protecting life and property) as well as scientific (e.g. are storms getting stronger with climate change?) reasons. Since storms are typically not directly measured, scientists use images of them to estimate the wind speed. Unfortunately, although the algorithm used around the world is basically the same, it is subjective and significant disagreement has crept into the historical record. Cyclone Center uses a special set of satellite images and classifications from you to determine a more consistent, and thus better, estimate of tropical cyclone winds.
Over the last four years, we have learned much and have had a number of notable accomplishments with your help: Read More…
It has been a quiet summer here in Asheville and on CycloneCenter.org. We tend to have fewer classifications in the summer, likely due to all those vacations that you’re taking.
As you come back from break, though, don’t forget to classify some storm images. We recently had a paper accepted for publication in a scientific journal (more on that in later posts) and we’re planning some big things for our fourth birthday. So check out the recent stats and go make some classifications!