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"Field Photo Weekend" May 23-25th . . . Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend by taking a photo or two!

What does your landscape look like in mid-spring? Have you participated in the CoCoRaHS Field Photos Weekends before? If not, here's your chance to join hundreds of other CoCoRaHS users to see what our landscapes looks like. If you have participated before, this is a great chance to go back to your favorite spots and see what has changed. During May 23-25th, you can help by participating in our ninth "Field Photo Weekend".

All you have to do is take your camera or smartphone, find a landscape in your community (streams, lakes, rivers, reservoirs, a forest, a crop field, a pasture, etc.) and take a single photo or a panorama in four different directions (N, E, S, W) from where you are standing. After that you can either email your photos with your location to: fieldphotos@southernclimate.org, or upload them directly to the Earth Observation and Modeling Facility's photo archive website: “http://www.eomf.ou.edu/photos”. For detailed instructions, click here: “FIELD PHOTO WEEKENDS”

If you have a smartphone, you can use the “Field Photo” app, which is now freely available in the “Apple Store” and “Google Play Store”. You can use your smartphone to take a photo in the field, enter metadata to describe the landscape, and then upload the photo and metadata into the EOMF photo archive website directly from your iPhone when you have access to WI-FI. When your enter metadata, you may add “#CoCoRaHSMay15” keyword.

If you want to see what others have submitted before, go to “http://www.eomf.ou.edu/photos/cocorahsfeb15/” and click on any of the dots (these photos were from President’s Day weekend last February). We are working on going back to the earlier events and tagging all those photos so you will be able to easily find all the ones from our past weekends. If you upload photos directly to the EOMF website, you can help us by adding a tag #CoCoRaHSAMay15 in the Field Notes section.

Field Photo Weekend is a partnership between CoCoRaHS, the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) and the Earth Observation and Modeling Facility (EOMF) to help ground truth through photos, what is going on with our landscapes throughout the country. It's not just drought we are looking for either, it could be flooding, or whatever state the landscape is now in. There is the possibility that we may hold additional "Field Photo Weekends" during the year to show how conditions to your landscape may have changed over time. This should be fun!

In a few weeks this weekend's photos will be posted and you'll be able to see your photos and those taken by other volunteers. Reference the “FIELD PHOTO WEEKENDS” page to see how to view the photos.

Remember you don't have to email your photos this weekend, just take them, but we do encourage you to email them soon afterward. That address again is: fieldphotos@southernclimate.org. When uploading your photos please include the words #CoCoRaHSMay15 in the notes field.

Just think if all 20,000+ CoCoRaHS volunteers take photos! Wow!

Thanks in advance for participating and have a great Memorial Day weekend!




 

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