Using Citizen Science to Help Monitor Urban Landscape Changes and Drive Improvements

Wannemacher, K., Birli, B., Sturn, T., Stiles, R., Moorthy, I., See, L. ORCID:, & Fritz, S. ORCID: (2018). Using Citizen Science to Help Monitor Urban Landscape Changes and Drive Improvements. Journal for Geographic Information Science-GI_Forum 1 336-343. 10.1553/giscience2018_01_s336.

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Project: A Citizen Observatory and Innovation Marketplace for Land Use and Land Cover Monitoring (LANDSENSE, H2020 689812)


Citizen Science has become a vital source for data collection when the spatial and temporal extent of a project makes it too expensive to send experts into the field. However, involving citizens can go further than that – participatory projects focusing on subjective parameters can fill in the gap between local community needs and stakeholder approaches to tackle key social and environmental issues. LandSense, a Horizon 2020 project that is deeply rooted in environmental challenges and solutions, aims to establish a citizen observatory that will provide data to stakeholders, from researchers to businesses. Within this project, a mobile application has been developed that aims not only to stimulate civic engagement to monitor changes within the urban environment, but also to enable users to drive improvements by providing city planners with information about the public perception of urban spaces. The launch of a public version of such an app requires preparation and testing by focus groups. Recently, a prototype of the app was used by both staff and students from Vienna University of Technology, who contributed valuable insights to help enhance this citizen science tool for engaging and empowering the inhabitants of the city.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: LandSense, citizen observatory, urban geoinformatics, green urban space, citizen science
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2018 07:09
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 05:00

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