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Earthwatch supports rigorous research that responds to global challenges—from climate change to human-wildlife coexistence to environmental sustainability—while engaging with local communities. Through our citizen science model, we provide research teams with funding and volunteers needed to support data collection in marine, terrestrial, freshwater, and urban ecosystems.

Our volunteers take action to help scientists accomplish their research goals and contribute to tangible outcomes that advance conservation. Earthwatch-supported principal investigators (PIs) increase scientific knowledge by producing peer-reviewed publications and informing management plans and policies that conserve and restore ecosystem services and biodiversity. These outcomes depend on citizen-scientist collected data.