The Role of Citizen Science in Earth Observation

Fritz S, Fonte CC, & See L (2017). The Role of Citizen Science in Earth Observation. Remote Sensing 9 (4): p. 357. DOI:10.3390/rs9040357.

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Project: Harnessing the power of crowdsourcing to improve land cover and land-use information (CROWDLAND, FP7 617754), A Citizen Observatory and Innovation Marketplace for Land Use and Land Cover Monitoring (LANDSENSE, H2020 689812)

Abstract

Citizen Science (CS) and crowdsourcing are two potentially valuable sources of data for Earth Observation (EO), which have yet to be fully exploited. Research in this area has increased rapidly during the last two decades, and there are now many examples of CS projects that could provide valuable calibration and validation data for EO, yet are not integrated into operational monitoring systems. A special issue on the role of CS in EO has revealed continued trends in applications, covering a diverse set of fields from disaster response to environmental monitoring (land cover, forests, biodiversity and phenology). These papers touch upon many key challenges of CS including data quality and citizen engagement as well as the added value of CS including lower costs, higher temporal frequency and use of the data for calibration and validation of remotely-sensed imagery. Although still in the early stages of development, CS for EO clearly has a promising role to play in the future.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article belongs to the Special Issue "Citizen Science and Earth Observation".
Uncontrolled Keywords: earth observation; citizen science; crowdsourcing; citizen observatories; data quality; citizen engagement
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Depositing User: Michaela Rossini
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2017 14:29
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2017 14:55
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/14532

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