Public participation in scientific research is a growing trend in our increasingly crowdsourced world. Citizen science, as it is called, typically involves data collection by members of the public who pass their information along to researchers trying to answer real-world questions.
Volunteer monitoring has contributed for many years to diverse fields ranging from astronomy to medicine and computer science to natural resource management. Volunteers benefit from opportunities for informal education, while contributing to outreach efforts that promote public understanding of scientific issues.
The idea behind citizen science is that anyone, anywhere, can participate in meaningful scientific research. Transcript
There are dozens of citizen science projects within NOAA that provide opportunities for people to engage in scientific investigation. At NOS, popular citizen science projects include:
Make a difference: volunteer at NOAA! The Earth. Our home. We enjoy everything it provides. But what we take, we must give back. And you, too, can give back. Get your feet wet and team up with people who, just like you, want to pay it forward and have an adventure. Join a volunteer program at your local National Marine Sanctuary or National Estuarine Research Reserve. Help count whales and fish, plant sea grass, remove debris from our waterways, or collect data while making friends and having fun. Volunteering is one of the best ways to enjoy our beautiful coastal and wetland destinations. And to make a difference.