Contribution of citizen science towards international biodiversity monitoring

Mark Chandler, Linda See, Kyle Copas, Astrid M Z Bonde, Bernat Claramunt López, Finn Danielsen, Jan Kristoffer Legind, Siro Masinde, Abraham J. Miller-Rushing, Greg Newman, Alyssa H Rosemartin, Eren Turak

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Abstract

To meet collective obligations towards biodiversity conservation and monitoring, it is essential that the world's governments and non-governmental organisations as well as the research community tap all possible sources of data and information, including new, fast-growing sources such as citizen science (CS), in which volunteers participate in some or all aspects of environmental assessments. Through compilation of a database on CS and community-based monitoring (CBM, a subset of CS) programs, we assess where contributions from CS and CBM are significant and where opportunities for growth exist. We use the Essential Biodiversity Variable framework to describe the range of biodiversity data needed to track progress towards global biodiversity targets, and we assess strengths and gaps in geographical and taxonomic coverage. Our results show that existing CS and CBM data particularly provide large-scale data on species distribution and population abundance, species traits such as phenology, and ecosystem function variables such as primary and secondary productivity. Only birds, Lepidoptera and plants are monitored at scale. Most CS schemes are found in Europe, North America, South Africa, India, and Australia. We then explore what can be learned from successful CS/CBM programs that would facilitate the scaling up of current efforts, how existing strengths in data coverage can be better exploited, and the strategies that could maximise the synergies between CS/CBM and other approaches for monitoring biodiversity, in particular from remote sensing. More and better targeted funding will be needed, if CS/CBM programs are to contribute further to international biodiversity monitoring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBiological Conservation
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Mar 30 2016

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biodiversity
monitoring
research management
nongovernmental organizations
secondary productivity
environmental assessment
funding
volunteers
remote sensing
phenology
citizen
science
primary productivity
South Africa
biogeography
Lepidoptera
ecosystem function
India
nongovernmental organization
ecosystems

Keywords

  • Citizen science
  • Community-based monitoring
  • Databases
  • Essential biodiversity variables (EBV)
  • Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
  • Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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Chandler, M., See, L., Copas, K., Bonde, A. M. Z., López, B. C., Danielsen, F., ... Turak, E. (Accepted/In press). Contribution of citizen science towards international biodiversity monitoring. Biological Conservation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.09.004

Contribution of citizen science towards international biodiversity monitoring. / Chandler, Mark; See, Linda; Copas, Kyle; Bonde, Astrid M Z; López, Bernat Claramunt; Danielsen, Finn; Legind, Jan Kristoffer; Masinde, Siro; Miller-Rushing, Abraham J.; Newman, Greg; Rosemartin, Alyssa H; Turak, Eren.

In: Biological Conservation, 30.03.2016.

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Chandler, M, See, L, Copas, K, Bonde, AMZ, López, BC, Danielsen, F, Legind, JK, Masinde, S, Miller-Rushing, AJ, Newman, G, Rosemartin, AH & Turak, E 2016, 'Contribution of citizen science towards international biodiversity monitoring', Biological Conservation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.09.004
Chandler, Mark ; See, Linda ; Copas, Kyle ; Bonde, Astrid M Z ; López, Bernat Claramunt ; Danielsen, Finn ; Legind, Jan Kristoffer ; Masinde, Siro ; Miller-Rushing, Abraham J. ; Newman, Greg ; Rosemartin, Alyssa H ; Turak, Eren. / Contribution of citizen science towards international biodiversity monitoring. In: Biological Conservation. 2016.
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