HYDERABAD: Putting technology to best use, Mobile apps for climate change is a citizen science programme for school children in metros.
Proposed by Shubhalaxmi, founder and director at Ladybird Consulting LLP, it has been identified that mobile apps could also be used for climate change studies in urban ecosystems. And it can also be an effective medium for students who prefer to learn through gadgets, thus mobile apps on indicator species will be developed for use of urban schools in Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad.
V Shubhalaxmi’s team had won US $25000 grant support for a project that involves development of these three mobile apps on urban birds, butterflies and trees of four metros; Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkatta and Hyderabad. These apps include information about 50 common species that are mostly found in these metros, and will be freely available on Android platform.
The project involves development of three mobile apps on urban birds, butterflies and trees of four metros: Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad that will bring urban biodiversity information on the fingertips of the users. WWF-India will work with schools in Hyderabad, Delhi and Kolkata to help students document campus biodiversity. WWF-India has been involved in student-based initiatives in India since 1976 and has created a cadre of young environmentalist that is close to over 200,000 strong. “For today’s technology savvy students, this mobile app will help generate curiosity about biodiversity and encourage students to get involved in documenting biodiversity as a student scientist,” said Anil Kumar, chairman, WWF-India.