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Citizen Science for Observing and Understanding the Earth

Haklay, M; Mazumdar, S; Wardlaw, J; (2018) Citizen Science for Observing and Understanding the Earth. In: Mathieu, PP and Aubrecht, C, (eds.) Earth Observation Open Science and Innovation. (pp. 69-88). Springer: Cham, Switzerland. Green open access

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Citizen Science, or the participation of non-professional scientists in a scientific project, has a long history—in many ways, the modern scientific revolution is thanks to the effort of citizen scientists. Like science itself, citizen science is influenced by technological and societal advances, such as the rapid increase in levels of education during the latter part of the twentieth century, or the very recent growth of the bidirectional social web (Web 2.0), cloud services and smartphones. These transitions have ushered in, over the past decade, a rapid growth in the involvement of many millions of people in data collection and analysis of information as part of scientific projects. This chapter provides an overview of the field of citizen science and its contribution to the observation of the Earth, often not through remote sensing but a much closer relationship with the local environment. The chapter suggests that, together with remote Earth Observations, citizen science can play a critical role in understanding and addressing local and global challenges. / An erratum to this publication is available online at https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-65633-5_19.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Citizen Science for Observing and Understanding the Earth
ISBN: 3319656325
ISBN-13: 9783319656328
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-65633-5_4
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-65633-5_4
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2018. This chapter is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license and indicate if changes were made.</SimplePara> <SimplePara>The images or other third party material in this chapter are included in the chapter's Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the chapter's Creative Commons license and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10052462
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