Launch of the iRain Mobile App
The iRain App is a tool for global precipitation monitoring, with a user-friendly interface designed to facilitate stakeholder involvement in collecting data. It was developed as part of UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme's efforts to put science into action through the use of citizen science.
Gathering information on hydroclimatic conditions is essential for water resource planning and emergency preparedness for floods and droughts.
UNESCO-IHP collaborated with the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS) at the University of California-Irvine to provide real-time satellite precipitation data.
The PERSIANN-CCS GeoServer – which employs remote sensing technologies and artificial intelligence – is being used to estimate rainfall globally from satellite imagery in near real-time and high spatiotemporal resolution. The latest product of this fruitful collaboration is the iRain App.
The application will be presented during a session at the UNESCO Pavilion (Green Zone, civil society area) during UNESCO's thematic day on Water & Climate.
It is currently available on the App Store, and an updated Android version is Under development.
(previous version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=irain.app&hl=en)