The project demonstrates the value of Citizen Science for Earth Observation with three diverse pilot projects focusing on forest biomass analysis, data management in emergencies and water quality monitoring.
- In the forest biomass analysis pilot, local experts make in-situ forest inventory measurements with mobile devices. The collected data is combined with satellite imagery to derive forest biomass estimates of the area.
- The emergency data management will focus on the Philippines, in the areas affected by the typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. Data collected by emergency workers and citizens are combined with satellite data to intensify the disaster recovery activities and the coordination efforts.
- The water quality monitoring pilot is arranged in the Baltic Sea area, where citizens and trained observers make mobile observations about algae blooms and Secchi depth. User observations are compared with EO based cyanobacterial bloom products to evaluate the usability of the citizen observations in the satellite image analysis.
The collected data sets will be made available using open data interfaces to support sharing of data sets across various external data services, e.g. EO data analysis. The instructions for data access will be provided through the project website.