GAR for Tangible Earth by Earth Literacy Program (iPad)
Released: May 16, 2013
Version: 2.01
Size: 68 MB
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GAR for Tangible Earth

Earth Literacy Program
What is GAR for Tangible Earth (GfT = read "gift")?

GfT is a fully interactive stand-alone free Earth science application for learning about, the past several decades in the life of our planet, and the role of the UNISDR. It brings interface and scenario-building innovations from the TE platform together with the clear and concise graphic language of maps, graphs and photos developed for the GAR13. Hydrometeorological, geological and anthropocenic data from throughout the scientific community is brought together in an easy-to compare or "mash-up" format, for a platform that not only provides interactive risk scenarios from throughout the history of the UNISDR, but is also data-rich enough that the user can explore and create scenarios on their own: Searching by time, place, risk driver, hazard, disaster event profile, and more. Added features include and ever-increasing body of data about" good practices" for preparing for and ameliorating disasters when they arise, and real-time disaster alerts. GfT is fun, educational, and empowers everyone to get clear about the facts for themselves.

What is the Tangible Earth (TE)?

TE is an interactive globe platform capable of dynamically representing Earth sciences data, including hydrometeorological data such as near real-time weather updated hourly through the internet, climate variations and "global warming" indicators, geological data such as earthquake and tsunami updates, various biodiversity indicators such as animal migration routes and deforestation, and anthropocenic impacts such as urbanization and trans-national tropospheric and stratospheric air pollutant circulation. Using a combination of interfaces--a touch-sensitive surface, a separate data selection menu, and a pointer-type object--the TE is a hands-on platform which viscerally communicates the living planet in a number of ways so that it can be readily grasped by people of all ages.

What is the Earth Literacy Program (ELP)?

ELP is a non-profit organization working to create shared value out through dynamic information systems for researchers, policy makers and outreach communities to analyze, communicate and disseminate information on environmental challenges facing our planet. ELP produced both the GAR13 GfT free "app" and Tangible Earth platforms presented at the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), in their official capacity as communications consultancy for the production and graphic identity of the 2013 UNISDR Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR13).

What's new in version 2.01
Add many functions for GAR 15.
Our verdict: Good
  • + GAR for Tangible Earth is a highly rated app (4-star).
  • + The app is free.
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