Citizen-Science for the Future

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For the week of 27 May 2019

Frontiers in Marine Science has published, Citizen-Science for the Future: Advisory Case Studies From Around the Globe.

Abstract: The democratization of ocean observation has the potential to add millions of observations every day. Though not a solution for all ocean monitoring needs, citizen scientists offer compelling examples showcasing their ability to augment and enhance traditional research and monitoring. Information they are providing is increasing the spatial and temporal frequency and duration of sampling, reducing time and labor costs for academic and government monitoring programs, providing hands-on STEM learning related to real-world issues and increasing public awareness and support for the scientific process. Examples provided here demonstrate the wide range of people who are already dramatically reducing gaps in our global observing network while at the same time providing unique opportunities to meaningfully engage in ocean observing and the research and conservation it supports. While there are still challenges to overcome before widespread inclusion in projects requiring scientific rigor, the growing organization of international citizen science associations is helping to reduce barriers. The case studies described support the idea that citizen scientists should be part of an effective global strategy for a sustained, multidisciplinary and integrated observing system.

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Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing

OA: Hermoso, M. I., Martin, V. Y., Stotz, W., Gelcich, S. & Thiel, M. How Does the Diversity of Divers Affect the Design of Citizen Science Projects?Frontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).

OA: Simoniello, C. et al. Citizen-Science for the Future: Advisory Case Studies From Around the GlobeFrontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).

Climate Change, Ocean Acidification, and Ocean Warming

OA: Cornwall, C. E., Diaz-Pulido, G. & Comeau, S. Impacts of Ocean Warming on Coralline Algal Calcification: Meta-Analysis, Knowledge Gaps, and Key Recommendations for Future ResearchFrontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).

OA: Bednaršek, N. et al. Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Toward Synthesis of Thresholds of Ocean Acidification Impacts on Calcifying Pteropods and Interactions With WarmingFrontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).

OA: Meyers, M. T., Cochlan, W. P., Carpenter, E. J. & Kimmerer, W. J. Effect of ocean acidification on the nutritional quality of marine phytoplankton for copepod reproductionPLOS ONE 14, e0217047 (2019).

Community Engagement

OA: Mackenzie, B. et al. The Role of Stakeholders in Creating Societal Value From Coastal and Ocean ObservationsFrontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).

Fisheries and Fisheries Management

OA: Proud, R., Handegard, N. Olav, Kloser, R. J., Cox, M. J. & Brierley, A. S. From siphonophores to deep scattering layers: uncertainty ranges for the estimation of global mesopelagic fish biomassICES Journal of Marine Science76, 718 - 733 (2018).

OA: Guiet, J., Galbraith, E., Kroodsma, D. & Worm, B. Seasonal variability in global industrial fishing effortPLOS ONE 14, e0216819 (2019).

Food for Thought

OA: Blasiak, R. et al. Towards greater transparency and coherence in funding for sustainable marine fisheries and healthy oceansMarine Policy 103508 (In Press). doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2019.04.012

Governance and Legal Frameworks

OA: Snowden, J. et al. The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System: Governance Milestones and Lessons From Two Decades of GrowthFrontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

OA: Carlisle, A. B. et al. Estimating Space Use of Mobile Fishes in a Large Marine Protected Area With Methodological Considerations in Acoustic Array DesignFrontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).


OA: Terlouw, G. J. et al. Hawaii Coastal Seawater CO2 Network: A Statistical Evaluation of a Decade of Observations on Tropical Coral ReefsFrontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).

Sea-level Rise, Coastal Flooding, and Storm Events

OA: Shope, J. B. & Storlazzi, C. D. Assessing Morphologic Controls on Atoll Island Alongshore Sediment Transport Gradients Due to Future Sea-Level RiseFrontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).

Small-scale Fisheries

OA: Smith, H. & Basurto, X. Defining Small-Scale Fisheries and Examining the Role of Science in Shaping Perceptions of Who and What Counts: A Systematic ReviewFrontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).

Tools and Data

OA: Janzen, C. et al. Innovative Real-Time Observing Capabilities for Remote Coastal RegionsFrontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).