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Earthwatch Field Research

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Earthwatch supports multidisciplinary field-research projects around the world through funding and by engaging members of the public in research as citizen-scientist participants. Through our participatory science model, we support research that responds to global challenges—from climate change to human-wildlife coexistence to environmental sustainability—in a manner that engages local communities.

To help understand and address global change, Earthwatch supports hypothesis-driven scientific field research in ocean, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. We are especially interested in funding research on sustainable agriculture and forestry, urban ecology, and ecological restoration.

Data collected by principal investigators (PIs) working with citizen-scientist participants increases scientific knowledge by producing peer-reviewed publications and informing management plans and policies that conserve and restore ecosystem services and biodiversity.



FOCAL RESEARCH AREAS


OCEAN ECOSYSTEMS

This program supports research in marine ecology, broadly defined as relationships among aquatic organisms and their environment, including the impacts of climate change on ocean acidification, marine carbon sequestration, sea-level rise, and human-induced effects on natural resources and ocean food webs.

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND FOREST ECOSYSTEMS

This program supports research on agricultural and forestry practices that improve ecosystem services in a changing world, increase carbon sequestration, and create ecosystems more resilient to climate change through an adaptive-management approach rooted in best science.

TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS

This program supports research in six primary ecosystems: tundra, taiga, temperate deciduous forest, tropical rainforest, grassland, and desert, with a focus on the relationships among a community of organisms and their environment, including human-induced impacts on food webs and ecological restoration.

URBAN ECOSYSTEMS

This program supports research on the relationships among organisms in changing urban environments globally, with a focus on urban resiliency, sustainability, and ecological restoration.

FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEMS

This program addresses the ecology and conservation of freshwater ecosystems, including riparian, wetland, and vernal systems, with a focus on ecological restoration.

RESTORATION ECOLOGY

This program supports research that takes action to create resilient ecosystems in a changing world by aiming to recover ecological resiliency and conserve biodiversity.




Earthwatch Accepts Proposals Annually

Requests for proposals for projects to begin in 2019
will be published in April 2017.

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