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Citizen science and global biodiversity
Citizen science and global biodiversity

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Week 1: What is citizen science?


In this week you will be introduced to citizen science projects and activities, which will give you an opportunity to appreciate the benefits of becoming a citizen scientist and joining citizen science communities.

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By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • understand the role of citizen science as a tool for scientific investigation (enquiry) and research
  • describe the practice, growth and development of citizen science
  • recognise how citizen science engages the public with science
  • understand how, when and why citizen science supports biological recording (environmental monitoring).

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