Silene acaulis is a flowering alpine species of cushion plant. It is important for ecologists to know where this plant grows, as the range of this plant can be indicative of climate change. However, the plant only grows above treeline, and it can be difficult and time consuming for researchers to find and record the locations of these plants.
Our project is to create a phone app that can take a photo, determine if it is a picture of S. acaulis, and provide feedback to the user about the plant’s identity. The app will allow hikers and activists to become part of the growing trend of citizen science. If the plant is identified as S. acaulis, it will upload the picture along with location data to Luminous ID, a website and database where users can submit natural observations.
Our mobile app is available on Android PlayStore and iOS AppStore
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