Citizen Science for Climate Action
Name of the initiative: Grow Observatory
Country: Ireland, UK, Portugal, Italy, Greece, The Netherlands, Belgium
Domain: Citizen Science
Starting year: 2017
Keywords: agriculture, soil, data gathering, citizen science, forecasting
The GROW Observatory is the first continental-scale Citizens’ Observatory to monitor a key parameter for science, continuously over an extended period, and at an unmatched spatial density. GROW has, for the first time, used crowdsourced ground observations from low-cost sensors to validate soil moisture information from satellites, including the new generation of high-resolution satellites, Sentinel-1. The Observatory is supporting a movement of citizens generating, sharing and using information on growing and the land.Thousands of people have come together to collect and make use of data, gaining a voice on local issues, improving soil, land use, climate change adaptation and our overall sustainability.
24 GROW communities in 13 European countries create an unprecedented network of 6,502 ground-based soil sensors and a dataset of 516M rows of soil data.
Contributed by: Gabriela Avram, University of Limerick, Ireland
Date added: 30 June 2020
EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020