Citizen science for observing and understanding the Earth

HAKLAY, Mordechai (Muki), MAZUMDAR, Suvodeep and WARDLAW, Jessica (2018). Citizen science for observing and understanding the Earth. In: MATHIEU, Pierre-Philippe and AUBRECHT, Christoph, (eds.) Earth observation open science and innovation. ISSI Scientific Report Series (15). Cham, Springer, 69-88.

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Citizen Science, or the participation of non-professional scientists in a scientific project, has a long history—in many ways, the modern scientific revolution is thanks to the effort of citizen scientists. Like science itself, citizen science is influenced by technological and societal advances, such as the rapid increase in levels of education during the latter part of the twentieth century, or the very recent growth of the bidirectional social web (Web 2.0), cloud services and smartphones. These transitions have ushered in, over the past decade, a rapid growth in the involvement of many millions of people in data collection and analysis of information as part of scientific projects. This chapter provides an overview of the field of citizen science and its contribution to the observation of the Earth, often not through remote sensing but a much closer relationship with the local environment. The chapter suggests that, together with remote Earth Observations, citizen science can play a critical role in understanding and addressing local and global challenges.

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Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Computing
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Page Range: 69-88
Depositing User: Suvodeep Mazumdar
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2018 14:12
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 15:32

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