LWA - Climate Witness: a dispersed national observer network for NRM phenology


Climate Watch is being developed to engage citizens in the observation and sharing of ecological information through well designed information aggregation systems. This project will create a national dispersed observer network to monitor national trends and patterns in species behaviour and phenology. Building on international experience in participatory processes that have successfully generated major scientific understanding and the successes of the Australian Bird Atlas, Waterwatch and Bureau of Meteorology, this project will establish the collection of useful realtime phonological data from right across Australia.


National Rural Issues

Research Organisation

Earthwatch Institute

Objective Summary

1. Test collection and analytical methods suited to ensuring that dispersed and participatory processes deliver high quality and meaningful data 2. Develop a web based platform to aggregate data encourage citizen participation and raise societal awareness of important NRM issues 3. Generate detailed and long term datasets on the timing and variation of key biotic events and their responses to climatic conditions 4. Integrate a dispersed observer network with the latest relevant information technology to facilitate contributor feedback, efficient data capture and automated analyses 5. Provide a basis for systematic approaches to long term ecological monitoring 6. Understand opportunities for greater use of credible citizen science techniques 7. Establish an Australian phenology network with aims to become the equivalent to the UK phenology network (see http://www.phenology.org.uk/).

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Project Start Date

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Project Completion Date

Friday, April 1, 2011

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Soil, water and managing natural resources

National Priority

NRI-National Rural Issues


Related publications


Climate Witness: A dispersed national observer network for NRM phenology (ClimateWatch)