CrowdMag is a tool that measures the local magnetic field using your smartphone! The app displays the data as a graph or a map in units of nanotesla (nT; one nanotesla equals 10^−9 Tesla). The local magnetic field components measured by CrowdMag are the Z (downward component), H (horizontal intensity), and F (total intensity). Use CrowdMag for measuring magnetic data during your outdoor adventures or to conduct your own homegrown science! To perform your own experiments or analyze your observations, export your data as a CSV file. Optionally, your magnetic data may be shared with NOAA to help scientists understand more about Earth’s magnetic field!
What is new!
CrowdMag is going active! When you go out for a walk, run, or other outdoor activities, use CrowdMag to measure the magnetic data along your path and save the data as a “magtivity”. Save, list, export or delete magtivities to create a complete magnetic field map of your area. We particularly encourage you to share your magtivities with our research group at NOAA and to have multiple magtivities along the same path so that we can stack the data to reduce the noise.
Getting a new phone? Don’t worry! You can now export a backup of your CrowdMag and save it on your computer. If you have to reset your phone, or switch to a new phone, you can now import your backup and continue using CrowdMag without losing your status for data contributed, areas covered, or magtivities completed.
CrowdMag’s magnetic calculator provides magnetic variation (declination), the magnetic field’s dip angle, total magnetic field and other magnetic field components (as well as their associated uncertainties) based on the latest World Magnetic Model (WMM2020).
- Create your own magnetic activity (magtivity)
- Customize recording frequency and location accuracy
- Interactive Google Map provides a map of your magnetic data
- Graph your data as a time series line chart
- Check the quality of the data by comparing it with the WMM
- Export your data as a CSV file
- Clear stored data on your phone
- Optionally share your data with NOAA
- See generalized crowdsourced magnetic data from other users
- Live magnetic compass
- Current solar magnetic disturbance
- Expected magnetic field calculator
- Uses the most recent magnetic field model (WMM2020)
- Export data via email, Google Drive and other options
- Export CrowdMag backup to save your contributions' status and data
- Import CrowdMag backup (works across different phone platforms)
Visit https://ngdc.noaa.gov/geomag/crowdmag.shtml to see crowdsourced magnetic data.
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Ratings and Reviews
Zero effort to contribute to cool research
Just open the app and set how often you want to send them data. These types of apps are a great way to harness the power of your iPhone and with no effort make a positive contribution. Nice touch adding achievements for contributions and locations. The magnetic information is interesting to see but that’s about it. Just know your contribution will help other researchers.
I travel the world for a living. Knowing the correct Mag Variation has come in handy. The latest version includes an excellent compass which gives both True and Magnetic North. It is nice to be able to contribute information for this program. I find that it doesn't effect my battery usage that much.
I am a photographer and I use this app to find the magnetic declination of my current location so that I can correct my compass readings to true north to match with the true north bearings given in some landscape photography planning apps.
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- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- 21.2 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- This app may use your location even when it isn’t open, which can decrease battery life.
- © National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.