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MoGO (Mobile Gulf Observatory) is a new iPhone app created by UMass Amherst wildlife biolgists.
MoGO (Mobile Gulf Observatory) is a new iPhone app created by UMass Amherst wildlife biolgists.

President Obama will address the nation Tuesday about the Gulf of Mexico disaster, eight weeks after the massive BP oil spill. It's his first speech from the Oval Office, and the medium is definitely the message.

But as Mr. Obama uses his bully pulpit to convey the scope of the disaster, researchers at UMass Amherst are trying the same with smart phones. Wildlife biologists at UMass Amherst wildlife have developed an iPhone application that allows users to take and submit photographs of oil-slicked animals to the Wildlife Hotline. Using the iPhone's GPS system, the photos are geotagged and captured in a database that will track the expanding damage of the oil spill.

Guests:

  • Curt Griffin, wildlife biologist at UMass Amherst
  • Erin Ailworth, Boston Globe reporter

This program aired on June 15, 2010.

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