19 February 2018
Online Course

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.

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The GROW Observatory (GROW) is a European-wide project that IIASA is involved with. It engages thousands of growers, scientists and others passionate about the land. It aims to support a citizen science movement on growing and the land in order to achieve more sustainable land use practices, better soil, land governance and policy, and a unique data repository for science.

GROW offers four online courses in 2018 on a wide range of issues from basic soil analysis and monitoring to using sensors and testing different regenerative growing practices.

The first online course “Citizen Science: From Soil to Sky” starts on 19 February. It aims to help participants understand, gather and analyze data on their particular soil and what works for them, as well as contributing to a European-wide knowledge base. Participants will get the chance to collaborate with other growers and scientists to discover the impact global soil practices have on major issues like the environment and food growing. IIASA researcher Gerid Hager is one of the educators that are creating the content for the course.

If you’re passionate about soil and want to learn more about making your growing space even better, sign up now, and become a citizen scientist with GROW Observatory.

For more information and registration visit this page.

GROW Observatory


GROW is a European-wide project that aims to create a sustainable citizen platform and community to generate, share and utilize information on land and soil. It is designed to engage primarily individual growers and small-scale farmers across Europe, and to enable them to develop new wisdom and innovative practices through the collective power of shared and open data and knowledge.


Led by University of Dundee, GROW aims to underpin smart and sustainable custodianship of land and soil, while meeting the demands of future food production. People taking part will collaborate to create and share information on soil, the land, on crops – what to plant, when to plant them and how to do it. They are able to develop knowledge and skills on soil and growing for food, and take practical steps to preserve the soil for future generations.


The partner organizations in GROW span Europe including IIASA– and share an interest in sustainable food growing, soil, climate, open data, accessible technology and citizen science.


For more information check out the GROW website.



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CONTACT DETAILS

Gerid Hager

Research Scholar

Ecosystems Services and Management

T +43(0) 2236 807 374

IIASA CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECTS

LandSense

CrowdLand

IIASA Options Winter 2017/2018

PUBLICATIONS

Laso Bayas JC, Lesiv M, Waldner F, Schucknecht A, Duerauer M, See L, Fritz S, Fraisl D, et al. (2017). A global reference database of crowdsourced cropland data collected using the Geo-Wiki platform. Scientific Data 4: e170136. DOI:10.1038/sdata.2017.136.

Chandler M, See L, Copas K, Bonde AMZ, López BC, Danielsen F, Legind JK, Masinde S, et al. (2017). Contribution of citizen science towards international biodiversity monitoring. Biological Conservation 213 (B): 280-294. DOI:10.1016/j.biocon.2016.09.004.

Salk C, Sturn T, See L, & Fritz S (2016). Local knowledge and professional background have a minimal impact on volunteer citizen science performance in a land-cover classification task. Remote Sensing 8 (10): e774. DOI:10.3390/rs8090774.

See L, Fritz S, Dias E, Hendriks E, Mijling B, Snik F, Stammes P, Vescovi FD, et al. (2016). Supporting Earth-Observation Calibration and Validation: A new generation of tools for crowdsourcing and citizen science. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine 4 (3): 38-50. DOI:10.1109/MGRS.2015.2498840.

Skalsky R, Balkovič J, Fritz S, See L, van der Velde M, & Obersteiner M (2014). SOIL Geo-Wiki: A tool for improving soil information. [[Geophysical Research Abstracts]], 16:EGU2014-2540

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