2014-03-13

Off-Rails: You Can Work Satellite Search And Rescue For Missing Airliner

Longmont, Colorado-based Digital Globe is using "crowd sourcing" to aid in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 by putting digital satellite photographs taken after the flight online. The site tomnod.com then allows any pair of eyes, any at all, to search the images and tag items that look like what a search and rescue team looks for, including wreckage, life rafts, oil slicks or anything "unusual" that could point to what happened to the aircraft lost last weekend. Those who can look with their eyes and click with their fingers are encouraged to help with this effort. Even if nothing comes of it, it's more productive for our hearts than clicking our tongues and shaking our heads at the tragedy. Numbered among the missing is Texan Phillip Wood and two American children, ages 4 and 2.
Tomnod logo - www.tomnod.com

http://www.tomnod.com/nod/challenge/malaysiaairsar2014

The instructions there are simple:
  1. Use the map to explore the area
  2. Look for the objects listed on the left
  3. When you find something, select the icon, then click the map to drop a tag

Screenshot of tomnod.com site

Give it a shot. It's not hard. The worst that you can do is point out a whale or a refraction of water to someone else. At best, you can point something out that leads to survivors making it home. Concerned companies like Digital Globe are among the reasons I'm proud to live in Colorado.
cr - Colorado Railroads www.corailroads.com