CrowdHydrology was mentioned on Michigan Public Radio, during a segment of the Environmental Report.
If you’ve ever wanted to get involved in science but thought it sounded like a lot of work, now all you have to do is send a text.
Chris Lowry is an assistant professor of geology at the University at Buffalo. He’s the co-creator of CrowdHydrology. You can think of it as crowdsourcing information about water.
“So basically how this works is we have some giant rulers that are set up in streams and there’s a little sign on the top of the ruler that says ‘please text us the water level’ and people who are walking by these signs with their mobile phones can look at the ruler and make a measurement off that ruler of what the water level would be at that particular time of the day and send us a text message,” he says.