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Citizen Science

Planet Citizens, Planet Scientists

"Citizen Science" -

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Healthy Lungs Are Good

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Atmotube: Portable Air Pollution Monitor

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Wearable prototype app to track carbon footprints

Aclima air pollution sensors mounted on cars

Google Green Blog -- Make the Invisible Visible by Mapping Air Quality

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"The partnership enables a paradigm-shift in environmental awareness by equipping Street View cars with Aclima’s mobile sensing platform to see the air around us in ways never before possible. Three Street View cars took measurements of nitrogen dioxide, nitric oxide, ozone, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane, black carbon, particulate matter, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) -- air pollutants which can affect human health or climate change." (from the press release announcement)

A citizen crowdsourced global project

Smartphone app that collects rays -- astrophysics and very rare cosmic rays

"There's something out there in space, some unknown new object in space, that's capable of generating particles at a very, very high energy."


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Eyes in the Sky: Green Groups Are Harnessing Data from Space


Wearable Devices / 'Digibody'

With Wearable Devices That Monitor Air Quality, Scientists Can Crowdsource Pollution Maps

Emerging technology means anyone with a smartphone can become a mobile environmental monitoring station

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Air Visibility Monitoring (Android app) -

Biodiversity Group -

Citizen Science Alliance -

Climate Change and Citizen Science -

Cyber Citizens -

Dark Sky Meter (iOS app) -

Eight Apps that Turn Citizens into Scientists -

Globe at Night (light pollution) -

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Great Sunflower Project / Bees -

iCoast (USGS) -

iSpot Nature (Open Lab/Open Univ) -

International Barcode of Life -

LeafSnap (Smithsonian) -

Loss of the Night (Light Pollution) -

Marine Animal Identification Network (online template) -

Marine Debris Tracker -

Mobile Apps for Citizen Science (via Smithsonian) -

NASA Earth Exchange (NEX platform for scientific collaboration, knowledge sharing and research for the Earth science community) -

National Science Foundation (US/"Citizen Science") -

NestWatch -


Nova Energy Lab (PBS-Harvard) -

Ocean Spaces (monitoring marine protected areas) -

Open Scientist -

Open Tree (urban forest mapping) -

Open University Lab -

Project Noah (National Geographic) -

SatCam (iOS app) supports the Terra, Aqua, and Suomi NPP satellites -

SciStarter (list of several hundred cit science projects) - /

Scientific American -

Sensr, Citizen Science app (Carnegie Mellon) -

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Union of Concerned Scientists, You + Your Computer = Carbon Detective -

US Global Change/Climate Assessment (Dec 2014) -

Water monitoring ( education/kit) -

Whale Song Project -

You can be a scientist too (EPA) -

Zooniverse -


Healthy Earth Lungs Are Good

The Breathing Earth | Climate Change Data Visualization



Blue-Green in the Oceans & Connection to Breathing on Earth

Fact: 71% of the planet is covered by ocean

"A single kind of blue-green algae in the ocean produces the oxygen in one of every five breaths we take"
~ from "The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean’s Are One" by Sylvia Earle / National Geographic

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"The Tiny Little Ones - Plankton"

"Ecosystems of the Sea"
Nearly all marine plants are single celled, photosynthetic plankton-algae...
It is estimated that marine plants produce well over 50% percent of the oxygen in the atmosphere...

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The phytoplankton in the sea account for approximately 50% of all photosynthesis on Earth and, through the food web they support, they underpin the marine food chain.

Living at the surface of the sea the phytoplankton are particularly sensitive to changes in sea surface temperature.

We need to know much more about these changes and you can help by making a simple piece of scientific equipment called a Secchi Disk and using the free Secchi App.

Full instructions for the project are included in the free Secchi App.

Press Release -- Scientists fear the population of the microscopic beings is in decline due to rising sea temperatures and, if true, that could have consequences for every aspect of marine life.

Plankton biologist Dr Richard Kirby, who is leading the study, said: "As the phytoplankton live at the surface of the sea they are being affected by rising sea temperatures due to climate change. A scientific paper published in 2010 suggested the ocean's plankton population had declined by as much as 40 per cent since 1950. Like all marine creatures, phytoplankton have a preferred optimum sea temperature no matter where they are in the world and we need to know more about how they are changing in order to understand the effects on the ocean's biology.” To check the levels of phytoplankton in our oceans, marine experts have developed a free smart phone app for sailors and fishermen to use wherever they are in the world.

Dr Kirby added: "The Secchi Disks are still used by marine scientists to study phytoplankton but there are too few scientists to survey the world's oceans as well as we would wish. This app enables seafarers around the world to take part in a science project and if we can just get a small percentage of the global population of sailors involved, we can generate a database that will help us understand how life in the oceans is changing. It would help us learn much more about these important organisms at a crucial time when their habitat is altering due to climate change."

The Secchi app has been developed by Dr Nicholas Outram and Dr Nigel Barlow, from Plymouth University’s School of Computing and Mathematics, and the database will be maintained by Pixalytics Ltd.

Phytoplankton obtain energy through the process of photosynthesis and must therefore live in the well-lit surface layer (termed the euphotic zone) of an ocean, sea, lake, or other body of water. Phytoplankton account for half of all photosynthetic activity on Earth. Thus phytoplankton are responsible for much of the oxygen present in the Earth’s atmosphere – half of the total amount produced by all plant life.


Marine Biodiversity Strongly Linked to Ocean Temperature

ScienceDaily (July 29, 2010) — In an unprecedented effort that will be published online on the 28th of July by the international journal Nature, a team of scientists mapped and analyzed global biodiversity patterns for over 11,000 marine species ranging from tiny zooplankton to sharks and whales. The researchers found striking similarities among the distribution patterns, with temperature strongly linked to biodiversity for all thirteen groups studied. These results imply that future changes in ocean temperature, such as those due to climate change, may greatly affect the distribution of life in the sea.

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