RAIN ON YOUR RADAR

Southeast Asia Globe - - News -

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

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