Center for Earth Observation and Citizen Science (EOCitSci)

Applying earth observation and citizen science to land cover and land use monitoring.

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Many of the challenges we face in the coming decades are global, dynamic, and interlinked with socioeconomic issues - food security, climate change, natural hazards, and land use change are examples. EOCitSci is devising new approaches and technologies to apply earth observation to some of these challenges. Particularly, we are exploring the enormous potential of citizen science in land cover and land use monitoring. With extensive experience in app design and development, and maintaining related spatial data infrastructure, we seek the benefits of combining citizen science with more traditional approaches to working with spatial information.

EOS News

11 December 2017
Prototype land cover map of Africa: Great start but more accuracy needed

The latest land cover map of Africa has exceptionally high resolution, picking out features at just 20 m. However, its detail does not reflect its accuracy, which lies at 65%, IIASA researchers have discovered, not as high as many had hoped.  More

28 April 2017
Citizen science campaign to aid disaster response

For the next few weeks researchers are testing a new system to aid disaster damage mapping, providing much-needed real-time data to help communities recover and rebuild after disaster.  More

EOS Events


04 Jun 2018 - 06 Jun 2018
WeObserve introduces communities of practice for citizen observatories

The WeObserve project will launch its first three Communities of Practice related to Citizen Observatories More

27 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018
Yellow Flowers citizen science campaign

Citizen scientists are taking pictures of flowering rapeseed in a new twitter campaign for environmental monitoring More

19 Feb 2018
GROW Observatory Online Course "Citizen Science: From Soil to Sky"

Learn how to understand your soil and explore global environmental soil issues by becoming a citizen scientist. More


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CONTACT DETAILS

Steffen Fritz

Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

T +43(0) 2236 807 353

Linda See

Research Scholar

Ecosystems Services and Management

T +43(0) 2236 807 423

Ian McCallum

Research Scholar

Ecosystems Services and Management

T +43(0) 2236 807 328

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PUBLICATIONS

Schepaschenko D, Moltchanova E, Shvidenko A, Blyshchyk V, Dmitriev E, Martynenko O, See L, & Kraxner F (2018). Improved Estimates of Biomass Expansion Factors for Russian Forests. Forests 9 (6): e312. DOI:10.3390/f9060312.

Stehman SV, Fonte CC, Foody GM, & See L (2018). Using volunteered geographic information (VGI) in design-based statistical inference for area estimation and accuracy assessment of land cover. Remote Sensing of Environment 212: 47-59. DOI:10.1016/j.rse.2018.04.014.

Ji L, You L, See L, Fritz S, Li C, Zhang S, & Li G (2018). Spatial and temporal changes of vegetable production in China. Journal of Land Use Science: 1-14. DOI:10.1080/1747423X.2018.1459908. (In Press)

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