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Citizen science in hydrology and water resources: opportunities for knowledge generation, ecosystem service management, and sustainable development

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Wouter Buytaert et al.

The participation of the general public in the research design, data collection and interpretation process together with scientists is often referred to as citizen science. While citizen science itself has existed since the start of scientific practice, developments in sensing technology, data processing and visualization, and communication of idea ...

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DOI: 10.3389/feart.2014.00026

Last Update: 2014

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The participation of the general public in the research design, data collection and interpretation process together with scientists is often referred to as citizen science. While citizen science itself has existed since the start of scientific practice, developments in sensing technology, data processing and visualization, and communication of ideas and results, are creating a wide range of new opportunities for public participation in scientific research. This paper reviews the state of citizen science in a hydrological context and explores the potential of citizen science to complement more traditional ways of scientific data collection and knowledge generation for hydrological sciences and water resources management. Although hydrological data collection often involves advanced technology, the advent of robust, cheap, and low-maintenance sensing equipment provides unprecedented opportunities for data collection in a citizen science context.

Contact person: Wouter Buytaert
Contact e-mail: w.buytaert@imperial.ac.uk
Contact institute: Imperial College London
URL(s): http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/feart.2014.00026/abstract

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