Grant Award Win from NASA’s Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences Program!

Lynker, along with collaborators from the Desert Research Institute (DRI) and the University of Nevada, Reno, was recently awarded a grant from NASA’s Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences program to study the shift from snow to rain in the western United States. The change to greater amounts of rain, a key impact of climate warming, represents an important scientific challenge because rain and snow are notoriously difficult to monitor and model at air temperatures near freezing. To remedy this shortcoming the Lynker team will engage a network of citizen scientists to report rainfall and snowfall with an easy-to-use smartphone app. Lynker scientists will compare these crowdsourced observations to satellite products and model output in order to help advance NASA’s mission of better monitoring the changing hydrosphere.
This project builds on previous Lynker citizen science work with DRI on rain and snow patterns in the Lake Tahoe area of the Sierra Nevada. A peer-reviewed article can be found at the open-access Frontiers in Earth Science journal (https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2021.617594) and a report is posted on the European Geophysical Union’s Cryospheric Sciences blog (https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/cr/2021/02/12/rain-or-snow-answering-the-question-with-citizen-scientists/).
Photo courtesy of Meghan Collins