Citizen Science Workshop: Comber (Sarah Faulwetter)

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Citizen Science Workshop: Comber (Sarah Faulwetter)

  1. 1. Sarah FaulwetterHellenic Centre for Marine Research
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 6. Year 1Seminars in dive schools byHCMR scientistsGuided dives (underwatertraining)Data collectionQuestionnaire
  7. 7. Year 1rare common very abundant
  8. 8. http://www.comber.hcmr.gr
  9. 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. 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. 11. Lessons learnedTime-consuming for HCMR staffEntering data online on-the-spot difficultConflicts with schedule of dive centresHeterogeneous user groups with different skills
  12. 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. 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. 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. 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. 16. Conclusions Successful as a pilot project Next: transition from BioBlitz-style toindependent, community-driven project
  17. 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”

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