The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) has scheduled a free webinar entitled: Crowdsourcing and Wicked Water Quality Problems, for January 24th 2018 at 2pm-3pm with Alan Kolok, Director of Idaho Water Resources Research Institute, University of Idaho as its presenter.
This webinar provides evidence to support the scientific merits underlying crowdsourced water quality data, and also contends that well designed citizen science campaigns can address wicked water quality problems. To demonstrate the utility of crowdsourced data collection, we initiated two citizen science campaigns within the Mississippi River basin. In both campaigns, the citizen scientists collected data regarding the presence/absence of the herbicide atrazine. The analytic tool used in these campaigns was a commercially available detection strip that discriminated between the presence or absence of atrazine at the US EPA drinking water standard of 3 micrograms per L. During the two campaigns, the citizen scientists were provided with atrazine strips as well as directions for their proper use. Recovery of the data focused upon electronic and social media mechanisms.
Crowdsourced data generation produced large datasets that are collected synchronously and repeatedly at the same site over time. As such, it can be considered as a highly valuable tool for use when assessing wicked problems such as non-point source runoff.
Q&A to follow.
To register for this course persons can follow the link provided Crowdsourcing and Wicked Water Quality Problems.
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