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Global Geo-Referenced Field Photo Library


A picture is worth a thousand words, and a geo-referenced (geo-tagged) field photo is even better. Everyday, researchers, students and citizens use GPS cameras and smartphones to take photos in the fields, as part of their efforts to document their observations of landscapes, agriculture, forests, natural disasters, and wildlife. This Geo-Referenced Field Photo Library is a community- and citizen- science data portal for people to share, visualize and archive geo-referenced photos from the fields in the world. Users can upload, edit, query and download geo-referenced field photos in the library, and use the photo-based thematic geospatial datasets for the studies of land use and land cover change, the impacts of extreme weather events, and wildlife conservation, etc. Users who provide photos can decide whether individual photos are to be shared or not. A registered user can upload photos into the library and has access to more field photos in the library than a guest user.

	Share your field photos,
		 Show your footprint of travel, and 
			Support monitoring of our Planet Earth!

Please read this article 'A Library of Georeferenced Photos From the Field', AGU, EOS, 12/6/2011 [pdf]

Please invite other people to participate in this community and citizen science effort and distribute this one-page flyer [pdf]

User's Guide

  • About your GPS camera and smartphone [pdf]
  • How to use Field Photo Library (upload, edit, query, download) [pdf]
  • How to take field photos for monitoring land use and land cover changes [pdf]
  • How to take field photos for monitoring water quality and harmful algae blooms [pdf]

Smartphone Apps

  • IOS:

  • "Field Photo" Iphone app is now available in Apple Store, please download and install it. It is FREE!!

  • Android:

  • "Field Photo" Android app is now available in Google Play Store, please download and install it. It is FREE!!

Field Photos Projects

  1. Field Photo Weekends
  2. This is a citizen science effort through collaboration among the CoCoRaHS, SCIPP and EOMF. For additional information, please visit CoCoRaHS and SCIPP websites.It was first launched for the Labor Day Weekend in 2012.

  3. "Field Photo Weekend" September 5-7th . . . Celebrate the end of summer and Labor Day Weekend by taking a photo or two!

         What does your landscape look like in late summer? Have you participated in the CoCoRaHS Field Photos Weekends before? If not, here's your chance to join hundreds of other CoCoRaHS users to see what our landscapes looks like. If you have participated before, this is a great chance to go back to your favorite spots and see what has changed. During September 5-7th, you can help by participating in our tenth "Field Photo Weekend".

         All you have to do is take your camera or smartphone, find a landscape in your community (streams, lakes, rivers, reservoirs, a forest, a crop field, a pasture, etc.) and take a single photo or a panorama in four different directions (N, E, S, W) from where you are standing. After that you can either email your photos with your location to:, or upload them directly to the Earth Observation and Modeling Facility's photo archive website: “”. For detailed instructions, click here: “FIELD PHOTO WEEKENDS”

         If you have a smartphone, you can use the “Field Photo” app, which is now freely available in the “Apple Store” and “Google Play Store”. You can use your smartphone to take a photo in the field, enter metadata to describe the landscape, and then upload the photo and metadata into the EOMF photo archive website directly from your iPhone when you have access to WI-FI. When your enter metadata, you may add “#CoCoRaHSSep15” keyword.

         If you want to see what others have submitted before, go to “” and click on any of the dots (these photos were from Memorial Day weekend last May). We are working on going back to the earlier events and tagging all those photos so you will be able to easily find all the ones from our past weekends. If you upload photos directly to the EOMF website, you can help us by adding a tag #CoCoRaHSASep15 in the Field Notes section.

         Field Photo Weekend is a partnership between CoCoRaHS, the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) and the Earth Observation and Modeling Facility (EOMF) to help ground truth through photos, what is going on with our landscapes throughout the country. It's not just drought we are looking for either, it could be flooding, or whatever state the landscape is now in. There is the possibility that we may hold additional "Field Photo Weekends" during the year to show how conditions to your landscape may have changed over time. This should be fun!

         In a few weeks this weekend's photos will be posted and you'll be able to see your photos and those taken by other volunteers. Reference the “FIELD PHOTO WEEKENDS” page to see how to view the photos.

         Remember you don't have to email your photos this weekend, just take them, but we do encourage you to email them soon afterward. That address again is: When uploading your photos please include the words #CoCoRaHSSep15 in the notes field.

    Just think if all 20,000+ CoCoRaHS volunteers take photos! Wow!

    Thanks in advance for participating and have a great Labor Day weekend!

The Geo-Referenced Field photos in this Field Photo library come from many people and projects. Their contributions make this library possible and grow over time. Thanks.

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