Category Archives: Citizen science

Breaking news on the ISEE-3 mission: it may not be lost – it’s those “O” rings again

A few days ago, my heart sank when I heard this news: Space Probe Might Lack Nitrogen to Push It Home It seemed a deal-killer if the nitrogen tanks were empty. Now, one of the team leaders has given me … Continue reading

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Posted in Citizen science, Space, Technology | 24 Comments

The International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE-3) Reboot Project, Bringing an Old Bird Back to the Earth, and Back to Life

Citizen backed space science attempts to do the near impossible Guest essay by Dennis Wingo Life isn’t fair. So many times in my life I start to do something and end up going in a completely different direction. I do … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy, Citizen science, Space, Technology | 58 Comments

Dr. Roy Spencer’s Ill Considered Comments on Citizen Science

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Over at Roy Spencer’s usually excellent blog, Roy has published what could be called a hatchet job on “citizen climate scientists” in general and me in particular.  Now, Dr. Roy has long been a hero … Continue reading

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Mapping the skeptical blogosphere – WUWT seems to be the most central blog

From the thanks for painting a target on my back department comes word of a new paper that attempts to figure our the mapping of the climate skeptic blogosphere. Bishop Hill writes: Readers may remember Amelia Sharman as one of … Continue reading

Posted in Citizen science, Climate News | 162 Comments

Efficacy Of Green House Gas Forcing Compared To Solar Forcing

Guest post by Bob Irvine SUMMARY This paper outlines an idea or hypothesis that should be discussed. This idea has the huge advantage of being supported by all the available data both from over the last thousand years or more, … Continue reading

Posted in Citizen science, Climate sensitivity | 92 Comments

Citizen driven PressureNet offers real time barometer network

Smartphones, tablets help UW researchers improve storm forecasts By Hannah Hickey The next advance in weather forecasting may not come from a new satellite or supercomputer, but from a device in your pocket. University of Washington atmospheric scientists are using … Continue reading

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Pielke Sr. interviewed about the surfacestations project

Dr. Roger Pielke writes: I was invited to answer a set of questions motivated by Anthony Watt’s excellent surface temperature project [see www.surfacestations.org] project by James Wynn of the English Department at Carnegie Mellon University.  The website at the University includes the … Continue reading

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New isotope based temperature reconstruction using McIntyre’s ‘Starbucks hypothesis’ tree core samples

A new paper in GRL published Sep 6th Secular temperature trends for the southern Rocky Mountains over the last five centuries makes use of some tree core sample data gathered by Steve McIntyre and Mr. Pete. Readers of WUWT and … Continue reading

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Mystery cloud spotted on Mars by amateur astronomer

Here’s something fascinating and puzzling, maybe WUWT readers can help figure this one out. There’s also a neat flipbook animation below the read more line. Wayne Jaeschke writes: Here’s a stumper for any Mars experts. While processing my Mars images … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy, Citizen science, Curious things, Space | Tagged , , , , , , , | 155 Comments

Submarines in the Winter Twilight

One of the more celebrated North Pole surfacings of the USS Skate happened today in 1959, see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/04/26/ice-at-the-north-pole-in-1958-not-so-thick/ for more on that and several others. Nearly a couple years ago at the ICCC in Chicago, Lord Monckton noted that at … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, Astronomy, Citizen science, Sea ice | Tagged , , , , , , , | 59 Comments

Climate Science and Special Relativity

Guest post by Andi Cockroft One cannot help but notice the events of the past few weeks (nay months if you include Climategate II), and the ad hominem attacks on both sides. Fred Singer in his recent post here would have … Continue reading

Posted in Citizen science, Science | Tagged | 113 Comments

Citizen Science – an interactive map of wind visualization and temperature

Nicolas Garcia Belmonte has visualized wind motion in the USA, which I think is quite neat. On his weblog he writes: I’ve been working on a WebGL data visualization of wind motion patterns for a 72 hour period in the … Continue reading

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Crowdsourced Climate Complexity – Compiling the WUWT Potential Climatic Variables Reference Page

By WUWT regular “Just The Facts” With the help of an array of WUWT reader comments, which began on this thread on January, 15th 2011, and grew on January 22nd, 2011, February 10th, 2011, February 28th, 2011, June 30th, 2011 … Continue reading

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NASA checking TERRA/AQUA satellite observations against citizen observer ground reports

S.D. Maley writes of an interesting and somewhat surprising NASA program trying to fill in observation gaps where satellites are getting cloud cover wrong: NASA is in the process [1] of checking two satellites [2] against ground observer reports. Student … Continue reading

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Thank you, Matt Ridley

Required reading. UPDATE: Matt Ridley has graciously allowed me to repost his speech in entirety here. It follows below. If there’s one speech about the climate debate worth reading in your lifetime, this is it. Andrew Montford of Bishop Hill … Continue reading

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GAO report on the poor quality of the US climate monitoring network

Senator Inhofe’s EPW office issued a press release today on the subject of USHCN Climate Monitoring stations along with links to this report from the General Accounting Office (GAO) …the report notes, “NOAA does not centrally track whether USHCN stations … Continue reading

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Global warming is killing the stars

People send me things. Today it is a curious graph of the number of supernovae (dying stars) discovered versus the HadCRUT temperature data since 1960. There’s a good correlation. So at first glance you might conclude two things, 1) GCR’s, … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy, Citizen science, Climate data, Satire | Tagged , , , | 95 Comments

Novel idea – arrange solar panels like Nature designed it

From Slashdot, something so obvious you wonder why nobody tried it before: arrange solar panels like tree leaves for better efficiency. See the story and graphs I’ve provided below. 13-Year-Old Uses Fibonacci Sequence For Solar Power Breakthrough An anonymous reader … Continue reading

Posted in Citizen science, Solar | 127 Comments

Don’t take your science fair project to the airport

Last week it was Don’t try nuclear energy experiments at home. This week it’s Altoid tins with dangerous electronics and alligator clips. From Oregon Live: Science project closes Omaha airport terminal Aug. 3, 2011, 3:51 p.m. PDT Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Citizen science, Science | 52 Comments

Don’t try nuclear energy experiments at home

As WUWT readers know, I’m an advocate of do it yourself, amateur science, that what the surfacestations.org project was. This however, in our hypersensitive world, was a recipe for trouble: Swedish Man Arrested For Building a Nuclear Reactor In His … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Citizen science, Radiation, Ridiculae, Science | Tagged , | 70 Comments

The fireball network: an opportunity for citizen science?

This is an interesting project put on by NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Project (MEO) using some low light B/W video cameras placed into a skyward looking weatherproof housing made of a clear dome and some PVC pipe fittings and connected to … Continue reading

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Live real-time monitoring map of radiation counts in the USA

As many know, I’m a big fan of citizen science. There’s much that can be contributed by the layman that the government often cannot or will not do. Since many people seem to be worried about nuclear fallout from Japan’s … Continue reading

Posted in Citizen science, Radiation | Tagged , | 54 Comments