New Tahoe App Makes You the Scientist

A new Tahoe app was launched this week, Citizen Science Tahoe, designed by UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC). This app enables the user to report and record on scientific findings and conditions in Lake Tahoe. Now, visitors to the Ski Run Marina can use this app to act as citizen scientists.

Download “Citizen Science Tahoe” from the app store, create a log-in and begin reporting what you observe. This app is available on both Android and iPhone. Very easy to use and family-friendly you can immediately begin entering data about what you observe including plants, water quality, beach conditions,

Download on Android or iPhone.

Download on Android or iPhone.

wildlife, invasive species; and even add photos. Created to collect data from a wide source, this app enables scientists to better understand what’s happening on Lake Tahoe’s shores.

Make this app a fun game for your family! Send your kids on close-by “research” projects and see what they find! Small fish, plants, shells, agates, my kids went crazy for this. Also, bring swim goggles for underwater shore exploration. It only takes a few minutes to help provide scientists valuable Tahoe information. Citizen Science Tahoe was programmed by UC Davis freshman Shahzeb Khan.

“There are aspects of water and ecological quality that depend solely on the perceptions of individuals,” said Geoff Schladow, director of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center in a prepared release. “That is what this app is seeking to measure from everywhere around the lake at all times of year. If you want to contribute to science at Lake Tahoe, simply go to the beach.”

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About TERC:

The Tahoe Citizen Science App was developed by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC). UC Davis TERC is a global leader in research, education, and public outreach on lakes. TERC provides critical scientific information to help understand, restore, and sustain the Lake Tahoe Basin and other systems worldwide. To learn more, visit and follow TERC on Facebook and Twitter.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Award #MA-10-14-0533-14), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. To learn more, and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the Tahoe Citizen Science App do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.