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TREND Citizen Science        Australian Transect Network                Stefan Caddy-Retalic      Australian Transect Netw...
TRENDTransects for Environmental Monitoring and Decision Making• Understanding ongoing change using  – Historical informat...
TREND Transects
TREND Citizen Science          • Terrestrial Ecosystems Theme             – Lower Mt Lofty to upper Flinders              ...
Mobile appsExisting products – Project Noah       • Collects presence data for any species       • Theoretically global co...
Mobile appsExisting products – eBird           • Collects presence/absence bird data           • Focus on web interface (t...
Mobile apps  Planning for TREND• Collect species presence data to  complement Terrestrial Ecosystems theme• Change in spec...
TREND Mobile app   Recording Species
TREND Mobile app                         Photo Points• App guides user to collect stereo pairs of images from  established...
TREND Mobile app     Photo Points
TREND Mobile app                               Photo Points• Agreement with SA DEWNR to install photo points in SA parks  ...
TREND Citizen Science      Web Interface                 • All sightings                   available online               ...
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Stefan Caddy-Retalic_TREND Citizen Science: Using mobile apps to improve and harness environmental awareness

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Stefan Caddy-Retalic_TREND Citizen Science: Using mobile apps to improve and harness environmental awareness

  1. 1. TREND Citizen Science Australian Transect Network Stefan Caddy-Retalic Australian Transect Network Coordinatorstefan.caddy-retalic@adelaide.edu.au : 0418 812 232
  2. 2. TRENDTransects for Environmental Monitoring and Decision Making• Understanding ongoing change using – Historical information – Space as a surrogate for predicted temporal change – Monitoring sites to set baselines and measure change• Measuring – Shifts in species composition (change in production practices, invasives, die-back and range expansions) – Change in phenology (harvests at different times of year, biota spawning, mating and flowering shifts)• Multiple themes
  3. 3. TREND Transects
  4. 4. TREND Citizen Science • Terrestrial Ecosystems Theme – Lower Mt Lofty to upper Flinders Ranges – Temperature and rainfall gradient – Coincidental with the Heysen Trail • Probably the most heavily walked trail in the state • Strong community interest from friends and conservation groups, scouts, walkers, etc – Several sensitive, conspicuous species and groups are common along much of length – Mobile phone coverage
  5. 5. Mobile appsExisting products – Project Noah • Collects presence data for any species • Theoretically global coverage • Relies on public “expert” verification • Researchers can establish local “missions” to crowdsource data for specific projects • Due to lack of focus, the majority of data seems unlikely to be ecologically useful • Users earn badges for submission or participating in specific projects
  6. 6. Mobile appsExisting products – eBird • Collects presence/absence bird data • Focus on web interface (though app clients have been launched) • Exploits the obsession tenacity of bird watchers • Highly collaborative (links with other groups and databases) • Data readily viewable and extractable • ~1% funding from Cornell University, remainder of funds sourced from donations and external fundraising.
  7. 7. Mobile apps Planning for TREND• Collect species presence data to complement Terrestrial Ecosystems theme• Change in species occurrence and phenology over time allows us to map ecosystem change• Need to balance scientific interest with realism by selecting species that are: – sensitive to change – reliably photographable – identifiable (preferably charismatic) – of interest to managers as well as scientists• Exploit smart phone hardware and software
  8. 8. TREND Mobile app Recording Species
  9. 9. TREND Mobile app Photo Points• App guides user to collect stereo pairs of images from established photo points• Using image recognition technology developed by ACVT for AusPlots, stereo pairs can be combined in to a 3D landscape model• Allows additional information on vegetation structure to be extracted from traditional photographs
  10. 10. TREND Mobile app Photo Points
  11. 11. TREND Mobile app Photo Points• Agreement with SA DEWNR to install photo points in SA parks – Will form a part of DEWNR’s monitoring program – Increases community participation in park management, particularly in relation to contentious issues such as prescribed burns – First two photo points to be installed next month (Mt Lofty summit)• Photo points to be installed to record impacts such as: – Prescribed burns – Weed invasion – Phytophtera die back – Ecological succession – Revegetation
  12. 12. TREND Citizen Science Web Interface • All sightings available online • Database query and export functionality currently being developed

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