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Partner Spotlight: Dr. Rachel Clemesha has her head in the clouds

Dr. Rachel Clemesha from Scripps Institution of Oceanography has had her head in the clouds for years - professionally, of course. Dr. Clemesha has been a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the CASPO (Climate, Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography) division since 2015. On a cloudy day, Dr. Clemesha often finds herself looking upwards and wondering, "How far does that cloud bank go?" This curiosity led her to create an interactive website that allows anyone to observe clouds from below and above, and to share the results with others! At users can post a photo from their foggy morning commute or their cloudy stroll along the beach and upload it directly to the Coast Clouds website, where it is matched with a Satellite view using GPS data.

From below:

From above:

Coast Clouds is a great way to get involved in citizen science, and all you need is a camera. As Dr. Clemesha says, "The sky is a great classroom!"

To contact Dr. Rachel Clemesha, email her at:

Learn more about her work here.

The Climate Science Alliance is proud to partner with numerous researchers as a part of our Science Focused Partnerships working group, also known as the "Orange Team". Dr. Clemesha is one of several climatologists who is contributing to our project titled "San Diego County: The Ecological Impacts of Climate Change on a Biodiversity Hotspot." Learn more about Science Focused Partnerships here.

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