CITIZEN SCIENCE TOOLBOX

The MPA Engage three monitoring protocols for citizen science activities: The selected protocols are: the a) Mass Mortality Monitoring, the b) Fish Visual Census and the c) Pinna nobilis fast assessment. For these 3 protocols the marine CS web platform Observadores del Mar already presents three projects ensuring that the data collected could be uploaded, validated and transferred to the MPAs that potentially might use these data. (LINK)

 

The MPA Engage Joint Plan on Citizen Science: Mainly focusing on the three applied protocols, this document aims to serve as a guide for MPAs that seek to implement citizen science campaigns. Moreover, the costs associated with the implementation of the citizen activities are described and the main challenges encountered, as well as the ways to overcome them. (LINK)

 

Basic Research Operator - Methodology and Working Plan: A powerful tool, the specific training program “Basic Research Operator” (BRO), has been designed by PADI and DAN with the support of UNIVPM to provide new skills to the diving center operators. The program has a dedicated manual including different well tested CS projects. The manual includes not only written detailed explanations on the protocols but also tutorials to support the training of volunteers and the procedures to follow for the data upload on dedicated repositories. BRO is a PADI/DAN specialty, but it is not exclusive. It can also inspire other solutions in different diving schools, widening the audience interested in marine citizen science. (LINK)

 

The MPA Engage Citizen Science e-Learning Materials: Among the products of the project there is also a collection of webinars and presentations which are very useful training tools on various citizen science related topics. (LINK)