Clouds will be mapped and studied to spot signs of climate change from information collected by smartphones.

This article titled “Nasa turns to CloudSpotter app to create global ‘cloud atlas'” was written by Alok Jha, science correspondent, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 20th June 2013 14.24 UTC

Nasa has enlisted the help of smartphone users around the world to monitor the effect of clouds on the Earth's climate. Information collected by users of the CloudSpotter app – where people take pictures of clouds and try to identify their type – will be used by the space agency's scientists to calibrate its Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System instrument.

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