What is Citizen Science?

All projects at WaterLab are executed in collaboration with the public. Citizens work together with scientists to do measurements or analyses. Research in which citizens are actively involved in one or more steps of the research process is known as citizen science.

Citizen science research can take many forms, for instance measuring rainfall in your own backyard, registering large puddles of rain, or observing water quality. These data are submitted to us, so that a researcher or expert can use these data to get closer to an answer to the research question. The data you collect is not only valuable to the research you’re involved in, but can also be a source of information for other questions or issues.

For all these projects WaterLab complies to the 10 Principles of Citizen Science, which can be found here in many languages.