Lake Tahoe mobile app lets visitors be citizen scientists

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UC Davis | Tahoe Environmental Research Center | Aug 19, 2015

The citizen science app launched by UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Science Center lets beach-goers contribute to data about the lake. Credit: UC Davis

The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) has launched a new smartphone app, “Citizen Science Tahoe,” that encourages beach-goers of all ages to tap in what they see at Lake Tahoe—observational data that will be shared with the scientists to better understand conditions around the lake.

The app, available for download at, was programmed by Shahzeb Khan, a UC Davis freshman studying computer science who won a UC Davis-wide competition for the best app proposal.

“Working on the app and solving problems has been a fun challenge,” said Khan. “Collaborating with TERC has also been a great work experience.” 

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