An open source smartphone application for monitoring dry events in river networks

By | October 1, 2021
Florida News Times

Intermittent Alvarine River in France. Credits: INRAE-B.Launay

Citizens can play a major role in helping scientists understand arid river networks by reporting river and stream arid events. For this, DRYvER has created the DRYRivers app. Citizens can use this app to map dry events. The collected data will improve scientific prediction of the future effects of climate change in these ecosystems. In addition, DRRYrivers raises awareness of the importance of dry events in the river network.

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All smartphone users who enjoy nature and the outdoors can contribute by recording the wet and dry state of the outdoors. You can get links in streams and rivers directly from the project website using the DRYRivers app, available on Google Play and the App Store. The app is open source, easy to use. All you have to do is (1) add a location for the location of the river. (2) The condition within the channel, that is, there is running water in the channel, the standing pool is cut off, or it is dry. (3) Site photo. You can use your mobile phone’s GPS to locate your location or find existing locations on the map. The app caches all the data you need when running on Wi-Fi or mobile Internet, so you don’t have to worry if you don’t have network coverage when you’re looking for a dry stream. After recording a new location, when the network connection becomes available again, simply save it and upload the information later.

All comments made by citizens using the DRYRivers app will be published and visualized on the DRYvER website.

DRYRivers produces the first network of real-time observations of drought events in rivers and streams. Finally, the European Dry Atlas River Network was created which includes all observations from DRYRivers and other sources. This information, in turn, helps develop models that predict the impact of climate change on rivers and streams.



for more information:
Project website: www.dryver.eu/citizen-science

Provided by INRAE-National Institute of Agriculture

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