Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2019

Department

ALLARM

Abstract

Citizen science goes by a number of other names (community science, public participation in scientific research, etc.). Its goal is to involve community members/citizens/”non-professionals” in a scientific process. Of particular note is the use of citizen science as a means of environmental monitoring, which includes water and air quality, bird migrations, and a great deal of other exciting projects. Community members’ involvement in environmental monitoring projects provides the prospect of expanding our capacity to learn about environmental quality at new spatial and temporal scales. Community members who involve themselves in citizen science projects can be generalized as being conservation literate, especially when it comes to their local environment. Additionally, these projects are typically place-specific and local because they need to meet community members where they are geographically. This creates a promising formula for addressing place-specific, scientific questions and spreading the information generated by the project.

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