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Citizen Science at the GCE-LTER

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We need citizen scientists to help us better understand the ecology of coastal salt marshes. We have over 60,000 overlapping photographs of a salt marsh, taken every year from 2010 to 2017, and need to align them to create detailed maps for each year. Because the images are taken from close to the marsh surface, and lack strong visual features, software programs are unable to align them automatically. The "Scaling Up Marsh Science" image matching game (scalingupmarshscience.marsci.uga.edu) allows citizen scientists like you to help us by identifying matching features in pairs of photographs. This information will then be used to create a photographic map of a large area, and to study how this area changes from year to year. At the same time, you’ll learn some basic facts about salt marsh ecology. Please pass this on to your friends and to educators who might want to use it in their classes.

For more information, contact Steven Pennings, University of Houston, scpennin@central.uh.edu

Citizen Science in the field

We’re grateful for the assistance that Dr. Andy Penniman has been providing to our field crew. Andy has been helping with field experiments and with processing invertebrate samples in the field. He’s also provided us with a number of photographs of our field crew in action.

We have a few opportunities for additional volunteers to help our program. Tasks can be customized to your skills and interests, but we’re looking for a limited number of mature, responsible people who can really make a contribution, either with field work, laboratory work, or outreach.

To discuss possibilities, contact Dr. Steven Pennings, GCE Field Coordinator, at scpennin@central.uh.edu



This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959, OCE-1237140 and OCE-1832178. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.