Crowdsourcing Data Collection

“Volunteer sensing” involves participants collecting data relevant to solving a specific challenge. People equipped with cellphones or other low-cost digital sensors can monitor and report on many aspects of their environment. Projects in fields as diverse as biodiversity tracking or pollution mapping can benefit from the help of citizens actively collecting data in the form of photos or other measurements.

The Coastal Risks and Sea-level Rise Research Group needs your pictures of coasts. They will give science what satellites cannot: the possibility to study the bigger picture in as much detail as possible. The more pictures, the more details are added to a global coast map to help scientists study how to protect us from sea-level rise.

Document what you see in the sky! Clouds are a major component of the Earth’s system and they affect how energy passes through the atmosphere. Different types of clouds have different effects, and they can change rapidly, so frequent observations are useful to track these changes.

iNaturalist helps you record and share your observations of the plants and animals around you. With a community of over a million scientists and naturalists. you’ll create research quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature.

It has never been so important to protect our freshwater resources, as by 2050 nearly half of the world’s population will be living in areas where water is scarce. FreshWater Watch allows citizens to monitor the health of the lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands and reservoirs across the globe.

Harnessing the power of Crowdsourcing for Mountain Monitoring. The project is about exploring the potential of modern observation methods to fill this information gap, and in particular evaluating the power of crowdsourcing for long-term mountain monitoring, science, and adaptation to climate change.

Globe at Night is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure & submit their night sky brightness observations. It’s easy to get involved – all you need is computer or smart phone.

With the GrowApp you can make time Lapse animations of your changing environment through seasons and even years. You do this by regularly taking pictures with your smartphone from the same location. By taking these pictures you also help scientists who investigate the effect of climate change on nature.

LastQuake is a free and ad-free, mobile application dedicated to alerting populations and gathering testimonies in real-time when an earthquake occurs. Designed by seismologists, LastQuake is the official app of the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC). 

A data collection experience that empowers and incentivises society to democratize access to data on high-quality open data on litter, brands, & plastic pollution. The project is changing our understanding of how to characterize and mitigate pollution by making it fun, easy and rewarding for anyone to collect and share data on packaging pollution.