Apps Help Environmental Consultants and Scientists Provide Better Services
As with every profession, the environmental world is changing in response to advances in technology. Environmental consultants & scientists in the field can now use their smart phones to take pictures of sample locations, use the GPS locater (in a pinch), email their supervisor pictures of site conditions, log soil conditions in a mobile soil boring program, and the list goes on and on. Besides the basic functions of a smart phone, there are numerous applications, or apps, that are starting to appear on the market. Some of the current environmental focused apps will give you access to USDA soil survey data, and there are even laboratory apps for sample processing.
The Environmental Protection Agency sponsored a challenge which invited anyone who was interested, to create an app that utilized EPA environmental data and that would be useful to both communities and individuals. The public could then vote on their favorite submission. There were 38 entries and voting was closed on October 7th (the winner will be picked on October 31st). Submissions ranged from an app that located EPA superfund or brownfield sites in a specific area, to apps that deal with air quality, to apps that find the nearest recycling center. The following is a link to all of the submissions: http://appsfortheenvironment.challenge.gov/submissions.
Since apps are fun, easy, and widely available they have the potential to make complex information more accessible and increase efficiency. The type of environmental apps possible is only limited by our own imagination.
Stay tuned for an environmental app from JM Sorge……