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Crowdsourcing to Acquire Hydrologic Data and Engage Citizen Scientists: CrowdHydrology

Ground Water

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2012.00956.x

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Abstract

Spatially and temporally distributed measurements of processes, such as baseflow at the watershed scale, come at substantial equipment and personnel cost. Research presented here focuses on building a crowdsourced database of inexpensive distributed stream stage measurements. Signs on staff gauges encourage citizen scientists to voluntarily send hydrologic measurements (e.g., stream stage) via text message to a server that stores and displays the data on the web. Based on the crowdsourced stream stage, we evaluate the accuracy of citizen scientist measurements and measurement approach. The results show that crowdsourced data collection is a supplemental method for collecting hydrologic data and a promising method of public engagement.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Crowdsourcing to Acquire Hydrologic Data and Engage Citizen Scientists: CrowdHydrology
Series title:
Ground Water
DOI:
10.1111/j.1745-6584.2012.00956.x
Volume
51
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Wiley
Contributing office(s):
Wisconsin Water Science Center
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
151
Last page:
156
Country:
United States