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  • 1.


  • Founded in Boston, 1971 in response to US cuts in research funding
  • Earthwatch Australia founded 1982
  • In 2011, projects in 40 countries
    • offices in USA, UK, Australia, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Oman
  • PM Award for Environmentalist of the Year 2009
  • To date, 100,000 citizen scientists have volunteered their time and money
      • 3,000 peer-reviewed papers published

Earthwatch 30-second history lesson 3.

  • Old Earthwatch
  • User-pays model is powerful for volunteers, but limiting on time and cost
  • Funding tied to volunteer contribution could be unreliable
  • New Earthwatch
  • Earthwatch Australia is small but growing - $1.4M in 2007;~$5M in 2012
  • $3M in direct funding for research in 2011 alone
  • Move to guaranteed funding and volunteers
  • ARC Linkage industry partner
  • Technology and social networking are lower the barriers to entry for citizen science (for organisationsandparticipants)

Old Earthwatch vs New Earthwatch 4.

  • Earthwatch now operates a pyramid of engagement

Citizen science: what is Earthwatchs contribution? Field-based Learning Bush Blitz 6 surveys p/a Research Expeditions(7 14 days) Scientist for a Day (1,000 people per annum in 2011-12) ClimateWatch&ClimateWatch: Marine (10,000 records to date) 5. Program Partners FoundingSponsor 6. 7. 8. Evaluation Participants age Did you enjoy the event? 9. Creating Hubs Around Australia 10. 11. 12.

  • More collaboration, less duplication
  • Minimise overlap (or share data) between dispersed observer networks
    • Fungi Map
    • Red Map
    • ClimateWatch
    • Feral Scan
    • ALA Citizen Science Portal
  • A shared understanding of the value (and challenges) of using volunteers
  • Perceptions of citizen scientists:
    • Cant trust the data
    • Faster on my own
    • Lumpy pillows
  • Better understanding of our respectivemissions and priorities
    • How to leverage TERNs network of physical and virtual infrastructure
  • Earthwatch is corporate ready is this useful to TERN?

Where to from here?