GLOBE Observer Land Cover is kicking off with a data challenge to map as much land as possible between 22 Sept., Public Lands Day, and 1 Oct., NASA’s 60th anniversary. All participants will receive a virtual badge within the app if they make a Land Cover observation using the app during the challenge period. However, the top 10 citizen scientists who map the most land in this period will be recognized on social media by a NASA scientist and will receive a certificate of appreciation from GLOBE Observer. Just download the app (https://observer.globe.gov/about/get-the-app) and start using the Land Cover feature within the app today. (The app will walk you through on how to make an observation.) Why does NASA need your help in collecting this data with the new GLOBE Observer Land Cover tool. One reason is to fill in details of the landscape that are too small for global land-mapping satellites to see. Land cover is critical to many different processes on Earth and contributes to a community’s vulnerability to disasters like fire, floods or landslides. Read more at go.nasa.gov/2NdWgwt. Follow GLOBE Observer on social for the latest news and tips: • Facebook: @nasa.globeobserver • Twitter: @NASAGO Or visit the GLOBE Observer web site at: https://observer.globe.gov/ to learn more about the #LandChallenge.
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