Citizen Scientists can participate in testing of the "Smoke Sense" mobile application
Anyone with an Android phone in an area affected by wildfire smoke can participate in a study of a new app. The Smoke Sense app is a publicly available mobile application developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Citizen scientists will be able to use the Smoke Sense app to learn about wildland fires and smoke health risks in their area. They will then be prompted to anonymously report their health symptoms during wildland fires and the range of actions they are able or willing to take to improve their health condition or lower their exposure. Users will earn badges each week they participate.
EPA researchers are conducting the Smoke Sense study to: 1) determine the extent to which exposure to wildland fire smoke affects health and productivity, and 2) develop health risk communication strategies that protect public health during smoke days.
Download and learn more about the Smoke Sense App at – https://www.epa.gov/air-research/smoke-sense or at the Google Play store.
**Not yet available for Apple devices.