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  • 1. Sarah FaulwetterHellenic Centre for Marine Research
  • 2. Pilot citizen science project initiated under the EU project ViBRANT Scope:Record coastal (fish) biodiversity Target group: divers and snorkellers Where & when:Greece (mainly Crete), 2011–2012
  • 3. ConceptTrain interested persons inidentifying coastal fishOffer an easy-to use websiteto record the data (Drupal)Analyse how useful the dataare for scientific analyses
  • 4. ConceptTrain interested persons inidentifying coastal fishOffer an easy-to use websiteto record the data (Drupal)Analyse how useful the dataare for scientific analyses
  • 5. Benefits for diversLearn more about natureCreate scientific knowledgeAcknowledgement in scientific publicationsGet in contact with other divers and natural scientistsGet the BIOWATCH fishcard for free
  • 6. Year 1Seminars in dive schools byHCMR scientistsGuided dives (underwatertraining)Data collectionQuestionnaire
  • 7. Year 1rare common very abundant
  • 8. http://www.comber.hcmr.gr
  • 9. Year 1 - results48 users from 10 countries20 users with >1 dive1,879 observations95 dives / snorkelling trips9 locationsExperienced divers: moreefficient in recordingPositive feedback fromquestionnaires, willingness tocontinue but lack ofmotivation
  • 10. Year 1 - results48 users from 10 countries20 users with >1 dive1,879 observations95 dives / snorkelling trips 2 main user groups:9 locations ● Young, local, divers orExperienced divers: more biology studentsefficient in recording ● >35 years, tourists, male, academic but no biologistsPositive feedback fromquestionnaires, willingness tocontinue but lack ofmotivation
  • 11. Lessons learnedTime-consuming for HCMR staffEntering data online on-the-spot difficultConflicts with schedule of dive centresHeterogeneous user groups with different skills
  • 12. Year 2 - results93 users –> almost doubled3732 observations –> doubled274 dives / snorkelling trips –> tripled~20 locations –> doubled Time-consuming for HCMR staff Data gathering difficult Low participation through dive schools Tours in Cretaquarium successful
  • 13. Year 2 - results93 users –> almost doubled3732 observations –> doubled274 dives / snorkelling trips –> tripled~20 locations –> doubled Time-consuming for HCMR staff Data gathering difficult Top-down approach Low participation through dive schools Tours in Cretaquarium successful
  • 14. Year 2 - results93 users –> almost doubled3732 observations –> doubled274 dives / snorkelling trips –> tripled~20 locations –> doubled Time-consuming for HCMR staff Data gathering difficult Top-down approach Low participation through dive schools Tours in Cretaquarium successful
  • 15. PlansCommunity-driven approach – redefine target group HCMR provides software & guidance Include all taxa – use Scratchpads Increase “citizen science awareness” in Greece Quality control of data, data analyses
  • 16. Conclusions Successful as a pilot project Next: transition from BioBlitz-style toindependent, community-driven project
  • 17. Conclusions Successful as a pilot project Next: transition from BioBlitz-style toindependent, community-driven project To continue: Know your target group Define your approach Respond to the “market”