Stevens helps coordinate the Cyclone Center, a project that asks volunteers to categorize images of storms, such as hurricanes, to determine whether cyclones are becoming more frequent and powerful.
"People often ask if a particular storm, like Superstorm Sandy, is the result of climate change," Stevens told DNews. "One reason they keep asking that question is that we (meteorologists) have a hard time attributing one individual storm's intensity to climate change."
The greenhouse effect has resulted in more heat energy being trapped in the atmosphere. This may cause storms, including cyclones, to become more common and intense.
The Cyclone Center's goal is to provide standardized observations of changes in cyclone's frequency and force over the decades by asking citizen scientists to help categorize the intensity of the storms captured in approximately 300,000 images dating from the 1970s to the present.
Cyclonic Center citizen scientists are presented with two images of the same cyclone from different times and asked to chose which one looks more intense. Advanced users are encouraged to note more details, such as the location of the eye.