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citizen science

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Citizen Scientists Can Help Protect Endangered Species

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Lay people can help scientists conserve the protected Florida fox squirrel and endangered species just by collecting data, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows. So-called citizen scientists did a commendable job collecting information on the fox squirrel, according to the study. Until this study, the conservation and

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Rare Ice Data Collected by Early ‘Citizen Scientists’ Confirms Warming Since Industrial Revolution

MADISON, Wis. — In 1442, 50 years before Columbus “sailed the ocean blue,” Shinto priests in Japan began keeping records of the annual freeze dates of a nearby lake. Along a Finnish river, starting in 1693, local merchants recorded the date the ice broke up each spring. These observations are among the oldest inland water

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

REEF CHECK Divers Check the Health of Reefs, Make a Difference as Citizen Scientists

John Manos builds houses during the week, but on summer weekends he drops his construction tools, dons his wetsuit and scuba gear and transforms into an underwater citizen scientist for the Reef Check Foundation.  “I want to do what I can to make sure our beautiful kelp forests and fish are here for my grandkids,”

Friday, May 30th, 2014

USGS iCoast – Did the Coast Change?

Hurricane season starts again this June. Do you know what happens to our coasts after these extreme storms? The U.S. Geological Survey has launched a new crowdsourcing application called “iCoast – Did the Coast Change?” to show you these coastal changes from extreme storms.

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Redmap Engages Citizens to Monitor Australia’s Marine Life

A new citizen science project will be launched next month to help researchers assess how our marine ecosystems are changing in response to ocean warming. Currently each year over three million Australian’s go fishing, diving and boating and scientists want to enlist their help to collect valuable data for the RangeExtension Database and Mapping Project. Redmap invites

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Citizen Scientists Map the Transit of Venus

Working with Astronomers Without Borders, GIS software company Esri has built a Transit of Venus web map application that instantaneously displays data from amateur astronomers. Using a free smartphone application, these citizen scientists from around the world will capture their observations of the transit of Venus in early June and have their timing measurements immediately