The involvement of citizens in data collection and evaluation as part of research studies has been gaining traction in the environmental field in recent years. This type of collaborative effort among citizens and professional scientists is referred to as citizen science, community engagement, or community science. Part of the drive for increased citizen involvement includes the availability of accessible tools and increased personal awareness and interest in environmental issues in surrounding areas. This month EM highlights example environmental research studies where citizen science is an important component.
Citizen science in environmental applications