The Geography of Citizen Science: Finding New Ways to Educate the Public Through International Citizen Science Opportunities Using Water Quality Testing

Authors: Katelyn Miner*, University of Northern Iowa
Topics: Human-Environment Geography, Water Resources and Hydrology, Qualitative Research
Keywords: Citizen Science, Water Quality, International, Education, Conservation
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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This project engages undergraduates in water quality citizen science through an international learning experience. Citizen science is a wide spread concept used in many fields to gather large amounts of data. Using citizen scientists to study water quality has been the start of a large database of knowledge as well. An identified gap within the literature is that perspectives of citizen science, specifically with an emphasis on the international learning experience, has been rarely studied. This study will be piloted in the United States (Iowa) and the international learning experience study area is Costa Rica. Findings will explore the individuals’ perspectives about citizen science before and after engaging in the process. This study offers new ideas in education by engaging undergraduates in a new environment to teach them about an important topic; water quality.

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