IGN 4-6
Engaging citizen scientists in the development and evaluation of national climate indicators

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
345, Baltimore Convention Center
Jake Weltzin, US Geological Survey, Tucson, AZ
Indicators of climate change are designed to communicate key aspects of the status and trends of the physical climate, climate impacts, vulnerabilities, and preparedness to inform both decision makers and the public.  Development of regional to national-scale biodiversity indicators linked to climate is limited by a lack of data across space and time, and by opportunities to evaluate indicators across scales of granularity.  This presentation will outline issues facing indicator development, describe how citizen science can be used as a tool to help develop indicators, and present examples of successful indicators that rely on citizen science.