New DreamLab project with Imperial scientists to create the world’s largest database for cyclone risk, as cyclones affect millions of people every year and are being accelerated by climate change.
- Latest project from Vodafone Foundation’s DreamLab app looks to advance our understanding of, and prepare for the risk of, tropical cyclones.
- Cyclones affect millions of people and cost billions of dollars in damage yearly, accelerated by climate change.
- New DreamLab project with Imperial scientists uses everyday users’ smartphones to create the world’s largest database for cyclone risk.
- Smartphone users called on to download free DreamLab app and help speed up climate research.
Smartphone users are being encouraged to download Vodafone Foundation’s award-winning DreamLab app, to help scientists at Imperial College, London speed up climate research and create the world’s largest public database of simulated tropical cyclones.
This ‘virtual supercomputer’ will help the scientists to model the impact of climate change on cyclones and extreme weather. DreamLab-powered research has already contributed to COVID-19 research with Imperial College London scientists and cancer research with the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.
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As climate change intensifies, powerful cyclones are becoming more commonplace, impacting millions of people and causing billions of dollars in damage each year. However, there are insufficient observations of these rare yet devastating events.
So, using a limited historical record, Imperial College London scientists have embarked on a mission to model millions of virtual tropical cyclones. This data will help scientists and the public understand the risk of cyclones on communities, and how climate change is worsening their effect around the world.
The research is powered through DreamLab, a free award-winning crowdsourcing app by Vodafone Foundation that accelerates scientific research by harnessing the processing power of the app users’ smartphones.
With over two million downloads across 17 countries to date, the network of smartphones created by DreamLab is equivalent to a virtual supercomputer capable of processing billions of calculations, without collecting or disclosing any user data. Imperial College London scientists have already used the DreamLab app to accelerate research into COVID-19, long COVID and cancer.