Past Event

Talking About the Weather: Crowdsourcing and Memories of Climate

October 20, 2020
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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Farmers' memories of past climate events are crucial for designing risk management programs like insurance. Participants will play a version of the game IRI uses to gather historical climate information from farmers, called iKON. In iKON, players are presented with pairs of years and guess which was worse (in terms of climate events like rainfall, drought, etc.). Players receive a score based on how well their answers correspond with their neighbors' answers as well as with external sources like satellites and weather stations. Players can compare their score against other players' on a leaderboard.

The specific climate event that we will be playing with for this activity is the severity of recent winters in the NYC metro area - something that should be familiar to participants.


  • J. Nicolas Hernandez-Aguilera,¬†Postdoctoral Research Scholar, International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)
  • Max Mauerman, Staff Associate,¬†International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)