There are thousands of apps created for our smartphones. We can do a lot of useful things with them – play games, keep track of our finances, plan our journeys and so on. Bus occassionally scientists create and app that is not meant for practical aide of our lives. For example, now scientists from the University of Zurich developed the new app, which demonstrates how glaciers have evolved around the globe.
This program, currently available for free for Apple and Android devices, has a ton of scientific information and photographs of more than 3,700 glaciers. The app is called “wgms Glacier App” and it provides users with information about glaciers from around the world. You may find out about how these glaciers developed over time how well developed glacier monitoring in your country is. However, it is not just another educational app for smartphones. It actually has political goals as well.
App was jointly developed with UNESCO in the forefront of the UN Climate Conference in Paris. Scientists behind the app say that they want to raise awareness of the participants of the conference of the damage that climate change is already doing at the moment. Application shows all observed glaciers on a satellite map and provides basic information about them – photographs and general information on size and elevation. Users may also find out which glaciers have gained or lost ice over the past decade.
App will also show the closest glaciers to the user. There is also a game, where you can check your knowledge about the best observed glacier in the world. Different graphs and other information are included too. Nico Mölg, scientific project leader of the World Glacier Monitoring Service, said: “We want to increase the visibility of the hundreds of glacier observers around the globe. Their work documents the impact of climate change on glaciers”.
The app is currently available in four languages – German, English, Spanish and Russian. It is already available for apple and android devices and should become a very useful tool for those who are going to visit these glaciers. However, we will have to wait and see whether it can achieve any of its political goals and if it is going to be popular enough to raise awareness of these problems.