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The Crowd & The Cloud

The Crowd & The Cloud

THE CROWD & THE CLOUD is a documentary series showcasing the power of Citizen Science in the Digital Age. This multi-part series, hosted by former NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati, takes viewers on a global tour of the projects and people on the front lines of citizen science and crowdsourcing. By observing their environment, monitoring neighborhoods, and collecting information about the world around them, citizens are helping professional scientists advance knowledge while speeding up new discoveries and innovations.

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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/q29Idlk7jEx5UJjyiVKNiQ==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Counting birds for more than 100 years generates data on a changing climate and there’s an app for that: eBird. Surfer science using smart tech tracks ocean acidification and coastal temperatures in the Smartfin project. Spend “A Year in the Life of Citizen Science” with California's monarch... /episodes/get/52829 /episode/52829 Citizens4Earth, Ep. 4 /episode-player/52829

Counting birds for more than 100 years generates data on a changing climate and there's an app for that: eBird. Surfer science using smart tech tracks ocean acidification and coastal temperatures in the Smartfin project, a recent startup. We spend "A Year in the Life of Citizen Science" including a Thanksgiving Monarch Butterfly Watch in California. Seasonal change is tracked by Latina and Native American teens in springtime in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and horseshoe crabs are surveyed in summer by retirees along mid-Atlantic coasts.

Air date:
Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/XrzWiSvJR6Kt4lye0UTPzQ==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Sensors on asthma inhalers generate real-time maps of environmental dangers to help patients in Louisville, KY. Street knowledge was crucial in a historic medical breakthrough: John Snow’s mapping of cholera in 19th c. London. In West Oakland, CA, citizens confront air pollution and rising asthma... /episodes/get/52280 /episode/52280 Viral vs. Virus, Ep. 3 /episode-player/52280

Sensors on asthma inhalers generate real-time maps of environmental dangers to help patients, physicians and disease detectives in Louisville, Kentucky. Street knowledge was also crucial in a historic medical breakthrough: John Snow's mapping of cholera fatalities in 19th century London. In West Oakland, California, citizens confront air pollution and rising asthma rates by collecting traffic data. Local ordinances are changed and everyone breathes easier. Can apps and maps combat globalized diseases in a warming world?

Air date:
Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/S8VH1PIsJhGP2eKmewzOJA==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Citizen scientists and the Bucket Brigade track pollution at fracking sites in Wyoming and other states. On East Coast trout streams, fishermen and volunteers monitor water quality with TroutUnlimited. Philadelphia residents join with scientists to test their drinking water for lead. Chinese... /episodes/get/52114 /episode/52114 Citizens + Scientists, Ep. 2 /episode-player/52114

Citizen scientists track air and water pollution at fracking sites in windswept Wyoming and five other states, using simple but science-based techniques developed by the "Bucket Brigade." On idyllic East Coast trout streams, volunteers from Trout Unlimited monitor water quality regularly, generating baseline data that will prove invaluable in the event of future pollution events. Community members connected with professional researchers to tackle Flint's drinking water crisis and now the same is happening in Philadelphia and other cities.

Air date:
Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/Nqcw8LEI-l5n6KBMA_F7Cg==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false 20,000 volunteers across the U.S. measure precipitation and their data is used for life-saving alerts in extreme weather. Armchair mappers worldwide help first responders after the Nepal earthquake. EyesOnALZ enlists the crowd to speed up research on Alzheimer’s disease. DIY enthusiasts map and... /episodes/get/51947 /episode/51947 Even Big Data Starts Small, Ep. 1 /episode-player/51947

20,000 volunteers across the U.S. measure precipitation: when extreme weather hits, emergency managers turn their data into life-saving alerts. Armchair mappers worldwide update information used by first responders after the Nepal earthquake. A new project, EyesOnALZ, enlists the crowd to speed up research on Alzheimer's disease. DIY enthusiasts from Public Lab map the BP oil spill with kites, balloons and cameras and continue to watchdog pollution. The crowd, using mobile tech and the cloud contribute to science that saves lives.

Air date:
Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:00
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