Vodafone has revealed that people will be able to contribute their smartphones’ idle resources to investigate how climate change is affecting cyclones and other extreme weather through the company’s DreamLab app.
Vodafone is working with Imperial College London to launch the project. In case you didn’t know, Vodafone’s DreamLab project was helping to find cures for COVID-19 at the start of pandemic. With the pandemic slowing down, DreamLab is looking to help with other concerns of the world.
Professor Ralf Toumi, a physicist at Imperial College London, said, “We are delighted to be working with DreamLab users to build the world’s largest public database of simulated tropical cyclone events. Hundreds of millions of people are impacted by tropical cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons every year, and the damage costs billions of dollars. They are relatively rare – but climate change is likely to increase their frequency and intensity. By simulating natural disasters, we can protect more people by learning more about them. We can even predict the impact global warming will have on them in the future.”
If you want to use the app, it’s available to download for iOS, Android, and macOS worldwide.