Special Issue "Citizen Science and Earth Observation"
A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 August 2016)
The term citizen science is used when scientific work is performed partially or completely by volunteers, which are usually non-experts. During the last decade, citizen science and projects which are based on user-generated content have dramatically increased. Citizen science in the field of Earth observation has started more recently and a number of projects have evolved which involve citizens in monitoring the environment. Furthermore, citizen-based observations can support earth observation in a number of different fields such as climate change, sustainable development, drought monitoring, land cover or land-use change. Moreover, there is the potential to use citizen-based observations in combination with other currently increasing earth observation data from new sensors such as the Sentinel family of satellites and Landsat. In particular, in situ data provided by citizens can be used for calibration and validation activities, as well as the conflation or combined use of satellite and citizen observations.
The issue which arises from data provided by citizens is the accuracy, and often a comparison with the “gold reference data” collected by experts is needed.
The proposed special issue welcomes contributions in the field of Earth observation and its applications with respect to:
- Methods for citizen-based data collection
- Innovative use of citizen observations
- Mobilization of citizens
- Combined use of satellite and citizen-based observations
- Contributions of citizen observations to support authoritative data
- Quality of citizen-based observations
- Data conflation and data mining
Dr. Steffen Fritz
Dr. Cidália Costa Fonte
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- citizen science;
- applications of earth observations;
- map validation;
- data quality;
- user generated content;
- incentives to mobilize the crowd