Involving citizen scientists in biodiversity observation

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Chandler, M., See, L., Buesching, C.D., Cousins, J.A., Gillies, C., Kays, R.W., ...Tiago, P., et al(2017) Involving citizen scientists in biodiversity observation. The GEO handbook on biodiversity observation networks (ed. by M. Walters and R.J. Scholes), 211-237, Springer, Cham. ISBN:978-3-319-27286-3.


The involvement of non-professionals in scientific research and environmental monitoring, termed Citizen Science (CS), has now become a mainstream approach for collecting data on earth processes, ecosystems and biodiversity. This chapter examines how CS might contribute to ongoing efforts in biodiversity monitoring, enhancing observation and recording of key species and systems in a standardised manner, thereby supporting data relevant to the Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs), as well as reaching key constituencies who would benefit Biodiversity Observation Networks (BONs). The design of successful monitoring or observation networks that rely on citizen observers requires a careful balancing of the two primary user groups, namely data users and data contributors (i.e., citizen scientists). To this end, this chapter identifies examples of successful CS programs as well as considering practical issues such as the reliability of the data, participant recruitment and motivation, and the use of emerging technologies.


  • Involving citizen scientists in biodiversity observation Patrícia Maria Nunes Tiago Conservation in Socio-Ecological Systems - CSES