How Citizen Scientists Are Using
The Web to Track the Natural World

By making the recording and sharing of environmental data easier than ever, web-based technology has fostered the rapid growth of so-called citizen scientists — volunteers who collaborate with scientists to collect and interpret data. Here is a sampling of some of these projects. READ MORE

 

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The Whale FM project asks citizen scientists to help classify the songs of pilot and killer whales. Users listen to recordings of whales in their natural environments, then match it to one of the sample whale songs on the Whale FM site. The project's researchers hope that with enough users listening to and classifying the sounds, patterns will begin to emerge that will help researchers understand how whales communicate. (http://whale.fm)

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