This resource evaluates different strategies for using citizen science to collect observational data on snow disappearance in the Pacific Northwest. The most successful strategy was found to be a collaborative education campaign, which met the project’s dual goals of generating useful data for a study on the influence of forest cover on snow disappearance timing, and acting as an effective public engagement tactic.
Challenges and successes in engaging citizen scientists to observe snow cover: from public engagement to an educational collaboration
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This resource compares the benefits and costs of three citizen science engagement strategies (professional networking, public outreach, and collaborative education campaign) in achieving the scientific and social goals of a project.
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