Coastal Observer | SPOTTERON

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About this app

Climate change will impact where and how humans live. As tides rise and storms intensify, humans will be forced to adapt to the changing environment and increase resiliency by learning more about local impacts of rising tides and intensified storms. The Coastal Observer App encourages citizens to become active in monitoring weather and water locally, and will help researchers build a pathway for a sustainable future.

The citizen scientists may choose from 4 activities:
1) basic environmental observations by sharing how the current setting makes you feel.
2) weather observations to document the current weather and its impacts.
3) water level to document where the water levels are and how this might impact infrastructure, life, or property.
4) water quality to document how our environment is impacted by human practices.

Observing Weather Events
Weather events can have devastating effects on local communities. Using this application, the observer can make note of stormy conditions and its associated affects. This information will be documented through photographs and user documentation.

Measuring Water Level
If there is an installed and fixed water level gauge near you, feel free to use that gauge to enter your water level. For help locating existing gauges, please visit this link. If there are no installed, fixed gauges, you can report a value from a nearby automated gauge at the time of your observation, or simply take a picture to document the water level visually. NOTE - Never attempt to measure water levels during unsafe conditions or without proper training.

Monitoring Water Quality
Users may use a Sechhi Disk to make manual observations of water clarity. For more information, visit the Secchi Disk Project (

Coastal Observer for Schools
Schools can easily include the Coastal Observer App in their curriculum. Educators can utilize the app to teach reading water levels or using a Secchi Disk to increase environmental awareness in students, while also providing the opportunity to express feelings about water and weather events.

The Coastal Observer app runs on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science platform.
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Updated on
Nov 22, 2021

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
Photos and videos
This app may collect these data types
Personal info, Photos and videos, and App activity
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

What's new

* New, simpler selection to observe water levels & water
* Mention other users in comments by writing @Username. The person mentioned receives a notification in newsfeed
* Make text stand out by writing ** something ** in bold or * something * in italics
* Data Visualization Interface: heat map view & dot map view of data
* New button for easier spot updates
* Detects existing metadata (time and place) in photos when uploading them from your photo album for use in spot
* Bug fixes & improvements