The rise of citizen science
Earthwatch’s Global Freshwater Research Manager and three FreshWater Watch citizen scientists feature in leading science journal ‘environmental SCIENTIST ‘.
The latest edition titled They walk among us: The rise of citizen science examines the evolution of citizen science.
In the five page spread, Professor Loiselle shares the successes of the FreshWater Watch model which empowers people from all walks of life to take part in monitoring their local freshwater health around the world. The journal also features active FreshWater Watchers from the UK and Canada, Esther Coombs, Steven Irvine and Peter Tavolacci,
FreshWater Watch studies published in 2015 show that citizen science data matches laboratory data on algae density in water samples, meaning that citizen scientists can estimate the frequency of algal blooms in rivers and streams across the globe. Algal blooms can choke ecosystems and release toxins that are harmful to human health.
Professor Steven Loiselle says, “Across the globe, trained citizen scientists are providing important information to detect incidences of nutrient pollution, erosion events and algal blooms. This is information that allows local agencies to mitigate problems before they cascade into serious events and assist them to better manage fundamental ecosystems.”
The leading journal, environmental SCIENTIST highlights environmental issues in each edition, with contributions from experts and professionals.