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.