Advancing Citizen Science for Coastal and Ocean Research.
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Citizen Science is an approach which involves members of the public in gathering scientific data and, in more advanced cases, also involves them in the analysis of such data and in the design of scientific research. Benefits of this approach include enhancing monitoring capabilities, empowering citizens and increasing Ocean Literacy, which can itself lead to the development of environmentally-friendly behaviours. There is a long history of citizen participation in science as a general concept. However, the process of studying and understanding the best ways to develop, implement, and evaluate Citizen Science is just beginning and it has recently been proposed that the study of the process and outcomes of Citizen Science merits acknowledgement as a distinct discipline in its own right. Considering the vastness of the ocean, the extensiveness of the world’s coastlines, and the diversity of habitats, communities and species, a full scientific exploration and understanding o.....
PublisherEuropean Marine Board
Series;NrEuropean Marine Board Position Paper;23
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14
Best Practice TypeBest Practice
CitationFrench, V.; Kellett, P.; Delany, J.; McDonough, N. (Eds) (2017) Advancing Citizen Science for Coastal and Ocean Research. Ostend, Belgium, European Marine Board, 112pp. (European Marine Board Position Paper 23). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-29