About Our Citizen Science Program

DEFINITION of citizen science:Simply put, we define citizen science to be the active participation of the general public in scientific projects. Citizen science projects offer the benefit of addressing broad-scope, real world problems about the environment and natural resource management*[1].

Citizen science provides a unique opportunity for people to engage in the scientific process and for the participants to contribute high-quality information to social and environmental research. The support of citizen scientists in environmental monitoring greatly improves our ability to manage and protect sensitive habitats and the communities that surround them by collecting much needed information over large spatial and temporal scales.

Our mission is to develop a high-quality citizen science photo monitoring project that both engages the public on the issues of sea level rise and contributes to the development of robust datasets and research. Drawing on the public’s power, interest and enthusiasm for their coastal environment, CKTI ‘s citizen science project allows participants to become direct contributors to the conversations and planning for the protection of our shorelines and making them more resilient to flooding and coastal hazards.

CKTI program GOALS:

Humboldt Bay – North Jetty

1. Connect and engage a diverse audience in local policy and sea level rise adaptation efforts (i.e. coastal managers, decision-makers, educators, students, citizens, and scientists).

2. Advance and enhance scientific research with a high-quality collection of photos.

3.Educate and empower people to get involved in, contribute to, and interact with the environment they live in.

4.Document and record vulnerable areas of the California coastline.

5.Help coastal experts better communicate their work and raise awareness about sea level rise and coastal hazards through images of high tides

How will the photos be used?

South Marsh Footbridge, Elkhorn Slough

– Living record of sea level rise over time.
– Improving communication of scientific research and coastal planning projects.
– Mapping and visualization of sea level rise and flooding.
– Validating climate change science, sea level rise and flooding models.
– Site-specific analysis of vulnerable coastal regions and ecosystems.

* A more formal definition developed by the UK Environmental Observation Framework is the, “volunteer collection of biodiversity and environmental information which contributes to expanding our knowledge of the natural environment, including biological monitoring and the collection or interpretation of environmental observations”.

[1] Tweddle, J.C., Robinson, L.D., Pocock, M.J.O. and Roy, H.E (2012). Guide to citizen science: developing, implementing and evaluating citizen science to study biodiversity and the environment in the UK. Natural History Museum and NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology for UK-EOF. Available online: www.ukeof.org.uk

[2] Alaback, Paul (2012). Guest editorial: A true partnership. The Ecological Society of  America. Available online: http://www.esajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1890/15409295-10.6.284a