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Connecting citizen science and climate change

A new presentation helps volunteers understand how local observations relate to global trends.

Connecting citizen science and climate change

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Frogs calling earlier. Cacti blooming at higher elevations. Monarch butterfly habitat predicted to shift northward.


Each of these research findings are built on the contributions of amateur observers. Citizen science is now an invaluable strategy for understanding the impacts of global climate change. A short presentation, available online, demonstrates the importance of individual observations to climate change research.

This is just one of the many resources offered on Citizen Science Central's Climate Change pages, connecting climate change and citizen science for both research and education.

The presentation itself was designed as part of Communicating Climate Change (C3), an NSF-funded project coordinated by the Association of Science-Technology Centers. C3 works supports twelve science centers across the US in conducting citizen science to look at local indicators of climate change (more about C3).

Project leaders, educators, and researchers are welcome to download and share the presentation for educational purposes, with proper attributions to C3, please. The slide show and images contained within are copyrighted under a Creative Commons license.


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