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  • by Franziska Albrecht
  • 29.10.2018
  • Conference, GEO, Earth Observation

Elevating Citizen Science at GEO – GEO WEEK 2018

The GEO Week in Kyoto, Japan (29.10 – 02.11) assembled GEO’s 105 Member governments and 127 Participating Organizations in order to explore efforts and opportunities for the use of Earth observations for the benefit of humankind, while focusing on three priority areas: the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The topic of “Citizen Science” has gained more and more importance across the GEO community and to stress the value of crowdsourced information, LandSense Project Manager Steffen Fritz was sharing a dedicated session on "Elevating Citizen Science at GEO".

The purpose of the meeting was to analyse more deeply into how the GEO community can benefit from incorporating citizen science (CS) methodologies more widely. In particular, contributors were: (1) discussing activities already underway to advance the established GEO work plan, (2) considering how GEO can strengthen their involvement in and support for citizen science through partnerships and emerging endeavours, and (3) discussing concrete next steps for advancing citizen science through GEO.