Popular Science Apps : Environment


Continuing with our series of popular science apps, we have searched for apps that are suitable for Griffith School of Environment students to use, particularly in their fieldwork. Again, where possible, we have ensured these apps are highly rated in both iOS and Android devices.

iPhone, iPad and Android

Weatherzone (Weatherzone). Free.

This Australian-developed app for both iOS devices and Android is very useful for looking up weather data sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology to determine local forecasts and current weather conditions for your field work. It gives additional information such as the current, maximum and minimum temperatures, humidity, chance and amount of rain, rain radar, wind speed and direction forecasts, UV forecasts, and sunrise and sunset times for over 2000 Australian and 1500 international locations. It includes fire danger ratings and BOM real-time weather warnings. The user can search for data by postcode, town name or GPS location.

iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android

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ClimateWatch (EarthWatch Institute). Free.

This app is particularly useful for students in recording data and helping to identify species of animals that are encountered during field work. It contains species’ images as well as bird, frog and mammal calls to help users to identify plants and animals in the field. Photos can be submitted into the app along with the sound recordings, locations, dates and times. Data can be entered into the app even in areas with poor mobile signal.

iPhone and iPad

MyEnvironment (Australian Department of the Environment). Free.

This iOS app is handy to carry around with you to look up environment sites of interest around your location in Australia. It uses the GPS inherent in the mobile device to connect to datasets from the Australian Department of Environment on heritage sites, protected areas and species, threatened ecological communities, invasive species, weeds and wetlands. It lists only Australian plants, animals and ecological communities listed as protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Users can choose to view photos and location maps of places of interest and species.