Citizen Science for Earth Systems Program (CSESP)
- About CSESP
NASA's Citizen Science for Earth Systems Program (CSESP) is focused on developing and implementing projects that harness contributions from members of the general public to advance our understanding of the Earth as a system. CSESP complements NASA’s ability to observe the Earth from space, air, land, and water by engaging the public in our mission to "drive advances in science, technology, aeronautics, space exploration, economic vitality, and stewardship of the Earth." CSESP also helps meet NASA’s 2014 Strategic Goal 2.2 to "advance knowledge of Earth as a system to meet the challenges of environmental change and to improve life on our planet.”
CSESP advances the use of citizen contributions to Earth science research by directly supporting citizen science activities and by deploying technology to further citizen involvement in research. For the purpose of this solicitation, citizen science is defined as efforts or projects that use voluntary public participation in the scientific endeavor. Crowdsourcing, another frequently used term describing voluntary contributions, is also included under “citizen science” in this solicitation. Citizen science includes, but is not limited to:
- formulating research questions
- conducting experiments
- collecting and analyzing data collected by citizen and/or professional scientists
- interpreting results
- making new discoveries; and/or
- developing technologies and applications.
The 2016 CSESP solicitation sought proposals to address the above-stated goals through one or both of the following:
- Projects using citizen science for research on biodiversity and conservation biology, atmospheric composition, water, energy cycle and surface water topography, and physical oceanography.
- Citizen science data collection using calibrated low-cost off-the-shelf components that can be widely deployed.
CSESP awards are made in the form of cooperative agreements via two phases: Prototype Phase and Implementation Phase.
All projects demonstrated linkages between citizen science and NASA satellite observations. After the Prototype Phase, all CSESP-funded projects underwent an independent review. Six of the 16 projects were selected for continued funding during the three-year Implementation Phase.
- A Citizen Science Campaign to Validate Snow Remote Sensing Products, Anthony Arendt, University of Washington, Seattle
- Alaska Testbed for the Fusion of Citizen Science and Remote Sensing, John Walsh, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
- Can Citizen Science and Low-Cost Sensors Help Improve Earth System Data? Implications to Current and Next Generation of Space-Based Air Quality Measurements, Prakash Doraiswamy, Research Triangle Institute
- Citizen Science in Urban Regions to Address Satellite Subpixel Uncertainties in the Vegetation, Climate, and Air Quality Nexus, George Jenerette, University of California, Riverside
- Citizen-Enabled Aerosol Measurements for Satellites, CEAMS: A Network for High-Resolution Measurements of PM2.5 and Aerosol Optical Depth, John Volckens, Colorado State University
- Cloud Forecasting and 3-D Radiative Transfer Model Validation using Citizen-Sourced Imagery, Albin Gasiewski, University of Colorado, Boulder
- Coral Bleaching Assessment through Remote Sensing and Integrated Citizen Science, CoralBASICS, Juan Torres-Perez, Bay Area Environmental Research Institute, Inc.
- Crowdsourced Imagery and Ancillary Observations for Drought Monitoring and Agricultural Applications, Andrew Molthan, Marshall Space Flight Center
- Data Mining Twitter for Augmenting NASA Precipitation Research and Applications, William Teng, ADNET Systems, Inc.
- Development, Testing and Implementation of Low Cost and Effective In Situ Soil Moisture Sensor for Citizen Science, Narendra Das, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- From Soundscapes to Landscapes: Monitoring Animal Biodiversity from Space Using Citizen Scientists, Matthew Clark, Sonoma State University
- Mosquito Mappers, Russanne Low, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
- Re-wilding Urban Environments: Integrating Remote Sensing and Citizen Science to Study the Environmental Context and Ecological Consequences of Returning Avian Predators, Benjamin Zuckerberg, University of Wisconsin, Madison
- Stream Tracker: Crowd Sourcing and Remote Sensing to Monitor Stream Flow Intermittence, Stephanie Kampf, Colorado State University
- Tracking Water Storage in Lakes: Citizens and Satellites, Tamlin Pavelsky, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- Using Citizen Science to Understand Thirty Years of Change in Global Kelp Cover by Expanding the Zooniverse to NASA Satellite Imagery, Jarrett Byrnes, University of Massachusetts, Boston
- A Citizen Science Campaign to Validate Snow Remote Sensing Products (Updated October 2019), Anthony Arendt, University of Washington, Seattle
- Can Citizen Science and Low-Cost Sensors Help Improve Earth System Data? (Updated October 2019), Implications to Current and Next Generation of Space-Based Air Quality Measurements, Prakash Doraiswamy, Research Triangle Institute
- CEAMS: Citizen-Enabled Aerosol Measurements for Satellites (Updated October 2019): A Network for High-Resolution Measurements of PM2.5 and Aerosol Optical Depth, John Volckens, Colorado State University
- From Soundscapes to Landscapes: Monitoring Animal Biodiversity from Space Using Citizen Scientists (Updated October 2019), Matthew Clark, Sonoma State University
- Lake Observations from Citizen Scientists and Satellites (previously Tracking Water Storage in Lakes) (Updated October 2019), Tamlin Pavelsky, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- Using Citizen Science to Understand Thirty Years of Change in Global Kelp Cover by Expanding the Zooniverse to NASA Satellite Imagery (Updated October 2019), Jarrett Byrnes, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Last Updated: Jan 16, 2020 at 4:36 PM EST