Crowds & Communities: Top-down & bottom-up citizen science for environmental protection

Citizen Science
Oral Presentation

Prepared by C. Cooper
North Carolina State University, Forestry & Environmental Resources, Raleigh, NC, 27695, United States


Contact Information: cbcoope3@ncsu.edu; 919.707.9273


ABSTRACT

This talk will explore the design of crowd-based citizen science that could support community-based citizen science aimed at public health and environmental protection. For example, crowd-based citizen science has potential to systematically provide historic baseline data, data from reference communities, particularly to expose unfair distributions of pollution between one community and another, and data to spot problems before communities on their own could have detected them. Public advances in safeguarding health and environment can be improved by designing infrastructure to support coordination of top-down and bottom-up approaches to citizen science.