Article 2009 - A review of citizen science and community-based environmental monitoring: issues and opportunities


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Environ Monit Assess (2011) 176:273–291
DOI 10.1007/s10661-010-1582-5

A review of citizen science and community-based environmental monitoring: issues and opportunities
Cathy C. Conrad · Krista G. Hilchey
Received: 1 November 2009 / Accepted: 15 June 2010 / Published online: 17 July 2010
© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Abstract Worldwide, decision-makers and nongovernment
organizations are increasing their
use of citizen volunteers to enhance their ability
to monitor and manage natural resources, track
species at risk, and conserve protected areas. We
reviewed the last 10 years of relevant citizen
science literature for areas of consensus, divergence,
and knowledge gaps. Different communitybased
monitoring (CBM) activities and governance
structures were examined and contrasted.
Literature was examined for evidence of common
benefits, challenges, and recommendations for
successful citizen science. Two major gaps were
identified: (1) a need to compare and contrast the
success (and the situations that induce success) of
CBM programs which present sound evidence of
citizen scientists influencing positive environmental
changes in the local ecosystems they monitor
and (2) more case studies showing use of CBM
data by decision-makers or the barriers to linkages
and how thesemight be overcome. If new research
focuses on these gaps, and on the differences of
opinions that exist, we will have a much better
understanding of the social, economic, and ecological
benefits of citizen science.

Keywords Citizen science ·
Community-based monitoring · Social capital ·
Environmental democratization

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Cool! Thanks for posting.

I noticed lots of examples of bird, amphibian, and fish monitoring referenced in the article :heart_eyes_cat: