Nothing can be worse than bad weather conditions ruining your plans for the day and that is why more and more initiatives are being taken to improve weather forecasts.
A prime example of the phenomenon mentioned above relates to a major global climate science project that hopes to use sensor data from Android phones to improve weather forecasting.
In case you didn’t already know, all smartphones have a number of complex sensors on board that perform many tasks very quietly. From GPS and magnetometers to biometric sensors and barometers, there is a great reliance on sensor data at all levels.
This is probably where the initial idea of linking Android phones to satellites to better predict the weather around you came in the first place.
The new research project is funded by the European Space Agency and is called Camaliot.
Additionally, the platform has announced how it will specifically target Android users across the world, as it describes the device’s GPS as an effective means of data collection. In case you were wondering why, well, the upside is greater accuracy when it comes to weather forecasts.
In order to be part of the project, users will need Android version 7.0 or later, as well as satellite navigation capability. This will record the signal strength as well as the distance present between the satellites and other phones connecting them.
Similarly, researchers hope to collect other data such as atmospheric conditions or even changes in humidity saturation levels.
This data combined with machine learning should bring better improvements when it comes to weather forecasting models. Other ambitious goals put forward by the project include tracking ionospheric changes that help monitor space weather.
Although it didn’t give away too much information, the project also hopes to one day collect sensor information from these ‘Internet of Things’ connected devices.
Recently, Camaliot provided a specific list of over 50 phones that could participate in the project, which includes Google Pixel as well as Samsung Galaxy models.
Therefore, those who are keenly interested in making a difference with the already present weather forecasting model can simply download Camaliot from the Play Store, follow a set of instructions, and then start using it with immediate effect.
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