Kiel Marine Science

Lecture Series "Science meets society"

19.12.2018 von 17:00 bis 19:00

Christian-Albrechts-Platz 4 (CAU), Audimax, Lecture Hall E

Ringvorlesung Science meets society

Citizen Scientists – A New Opportunity to Support Environmental Research and Management of Aquatic Environments
Dr. Luisa Galgani, University of Sienna

Aquatic ecosystems are under increasing stress from climate change and anthropogenic degradation. Diffuse pollution (excess nutrients loads, litter) into rivers, lakes and oceans across the globe is threatening the fundamental services that these ecosystems provide. To successfully control and mitigate this growing challenge and better understand its impact on the aquatic environment, different methods are needed to connect scientists to local communities and local authorities. One potentially important approach to meeting this challenge is citizen science. By a consistent analysis and recording methodology, local participants in Tuscany (and across the globe) are taking regular measurements to support the research of academic and institutional partners in identifying the sources and fate of freshwater pollutants. Local scale data combined with earth observation through online platforms provide high-resolution real-time information. As part of a global network, information can be combined to help identify the main drivers of ecosystem degradation and support innovative new approaches. Citizen observatories are expanding worldwide and have been successful in supporting science and regulatory agencies. These programmes have raised community awareness, strengthened research and improved evidenced-based management of our natural resources. Participants in these programmes have positive impacts of their choices and actions with knock-on effects on local challenges. A significant increase (90%) in participant's knowledge and understanding of local and global water issues shows clear benefits which result in a more informed and engaged community.
Moderation by Prof. Anja Engel

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