Citizen Science on the Faroe Islands in Advance of an Eclipse

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Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Geoff Sims, Kate Russo

(Submitted on 27 Feb 2015)

On 2015 March 20, a total solar eclipse will occur in the North Atlantic, with the Kingdom of Denmark's Faroe Islands and Norway's Svalbard archipelago (formerly Spitzbergen) being the only options for land-based observing. The region is known for wild, unpredictable, and often cloudy conditions, which potentially pose a serious threat for people hoping to view the spectacle. 

We report on a citizen-science, weather-monitoring project, based in the Faroe Islands, which was conducted in March 2014 - one year prior to the eclipse. The project aimed to promote awareness of the eclipse among the local communities, with the data collected providing a quantitative overview of typical weather conditions that may be expected in 2015. It also allows us to validate the usefulness of short-term weather forecasts, which may be used to increase the probability of observing the eclipse.

Subjects:Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR); Popular Physics (physics.pop-ph)

Journal reference:Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vol. 108, No. 6, p.228

Cite as:arXiv:1503.00613 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:1503.00613v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)

Submission history

From: Geoff Sims 

[v1] Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:35:35 GMT (9575kb)

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