RAIN ON YOUR RADAR
A new app, iRain, that allows users to visualise near real-time rainfall could help to mitigate the disastrous consequences of climate change.
Unesco and the University of California-Irvine jointly launched the app, which provides users with satellite imagery that displays how much rain has fallen anywhere in the world over the course of 72 hours. The information is accurate to 4km, displayed in an infrared-style heat map, and generally lags just 30 minutes behind real time.
Users are also able to get involved by reporting instances of rainfall, which Jayakumar Ramasamy, the head of Unesco Asia-Pacific’s Natural Science
Unit, said would “help fine-tune the app’s data”.
Ramasamy said it was hoped that the app would be useful in cases such as the devastating flooding across 12 provinces in southern Thailand earlier this year that claimed 90 lives and destroyed much of the region’s infrastructure.
“The app will benefit all of society, especially emergency planners preparing for environmental disasters,” he said.
The inventors of iRain hope that the app will help mitigate climate change