Six Citizen Science Projects to Help Monitor the Environment Around You

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You can play a key role in environmental monitoring. Our editors highlight six projects, below, to help you get to know your part of the world.

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Biodiversity PEEK
PEEK stands for photography, empowering, and educating kids, and this project does just that by using inquiry-based lessons to engage students in studying and protecting their local biodiversity.

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Opal Air Quality
This one is for you, England! Air quality can affect the presence of lichen and fungi on trees, and you are needed in England to examine trees for their presence.

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Drought Risk and You
Drought can have profound consequences on a landscape, and researchers in the United Kingdom need volunteers to understand those effects. By surveying grasslands and trees, you can increase our understanding of drought.

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The WQI Project
When you purchase a WQI kit, you’ll receive resources and instruction for monitoring the water quality in your area. The project also offers classroom curricula, making it a great teaching opportunity.
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AirCasting users purchase a handheld sensor that records the levels of fine particulates in the air. The data can be used to track pollution hotspots.
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Long Term Marine Ecology Project
As ocean temperatures rise, the diversity of marine life along the coast of Australia is expected to change. Everyone along the coast of New South Wales is invited to collect biodiversity data when snorkeling or scuba diving.


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Arvind Suresh

Arvind Suresh

Arvind Suresh is science communicator and a former laboratory biologist, he has a Master’s degree in Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He enjoys reading, teaching, talking and writing science. Connect with him on Twitter @suresh_arvind.