Originally launched in September of 2012, Cyclone Center has gathered over a half million classifications from citizen scientists in nearly every country. We use your classifications to clarify inconsistencies in historical tropical cyclone wind records. Your contributions have resulted in the publication of two papers, numerous scientific presentations, and educational opportunities from K-12 through college.
There is still much to do; we need your help to finish classifying our 32-year data set of tropical cyclone images. Log on to cyclonecenter.org and join our expanding group of citizen scientists today.
One of the great things about crowd sourcing is that we have the luxury of using numerous classifications to determine an answer for one image. The responses of 15 citizen scientists is much more powerful than a response from one person, even if that person is an expert.
We have gone through every single storm image on Cyclone Center that has been classified by at least 10 citizen scientists. All classifications were used to determine the variance of the image – or, how similar one classification was to the others. Ambiguous cloud patterns will have a higher variance than one with a clear eye, for example.