Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement Training
A range of training options and accessible resources to support scientific community professionals and organizations working with, or funding, scientific communities.
TEX Community Science Fellow Training
Training for Community Science Fellows.
Anecdata is a free online citizen science platform developed by the Community Lab at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. Anecdata is used by hundreds of individuals and organizations to gather and access citizen science observations and provides a platform to easily collect, manage, and share their citizen science data.
The Climate Explorer
The Climate Explorer provides interactive graphs and maps showing past and projected climate conditions for counties and county-equivalents across the United States. Built to support the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, the tool helps people explore projected future climate conditions that may put people, property, and other assets at risk.
FernLeaf Interactive and the National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC) at the University of North Carolina Asheville built the Climate Explorer’s graphing modules; they also built the interactive map modules which are powered by ArcGIS. All requests for historic and projected climate data are powered by ACIS web services. Habitat Seven led the initial design of the Climate Explorer interface. If you have questions or comments about the Climate Explorer, please direct them to [email protected].
The idea for OpenAQ came from observing the impact of a lone air quality monitor producing open data, set up by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
It spurred OpenAQ co-founders, Christa Hasenkopf, an atmospheric scientist, and Joe Flasher, a software developer, to set up a small open air quality project in Ulaanbaatar along with Mongolian colleagues.
Eventually, they and a community of open data lovers from around the world decided to see what would happen if all of the world’s air quality data were made available for the public to explore.
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit is a U.S. government-owned website designed to help people find and use tools, information, and subject matter expertise to build climate resilience. The Toolkit offers information from all across the U.S. federal government in one easy-to-use location.
Equitable Exchange: A Framework for Diversity and Inclusion in the Geosciences
We highlight a mechanism for the coproduction of research with local communities as a means of elevating the social relevance of the geosciences, increasing the potential for broader and more diverse participation. We outline the concept of an “Equitable Exchange” as an ethical framework guiding these interactions. This principled research model emphasizes that “currencies”—the rewards and value from participating in research—may differ between local communities and geoscientists. For those engaged in this work, an Equitable Exchange emboldens boundary spanning geoscientists to bring their whole selves to the work, providing a means for inclusive climates and rewarding cultural competency.
Plain Language Summary
This study expands on prior work to outline an ethical framework to guide research cocreated with local communities. We propose appreciation for the differing perspectives geoscientists and local community members bring to problem-solving and to creating knowledge around questions and issues pertinent to geoscience. A respectful and “Equitable Exchange” between individuals working together in these contexts can foster greater scientific creativity and societal relevance, and may ultimately broaden and diversify participation in the geosciences.
Philadelphia’s Air Quality Report 2019
This report focuses on the air quality of the City of Philadelphia, as presented by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Air Management Services, the local air pollution control agency for the City of Philadelphia. As an urban area, Philadelphia faces many of the same pollution challenges as other densely populated areas, such as emissions from vehicles and industries. The information contained in this report reviews Philadelphia’s air quality for the calendar year 2019 and reports how the City’s air compared with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. This report covers the following criteria pollutants: ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter, and lead. It also provides an overview of hazardous air pollutants, also referred to as air toxics.
In general, trends show many air pollutants in Philadelphia to be decreasing. In 2019, Philadelphia attained the NAAQS for all pollutants, except for ozone. There were 244 good days, 115 moderate days, and 6 unhealthy days (6 from ozone and 0 from PM2.5) in Philadelphia.
In 2019, AMS continued the Philadelphia Air Quality Survey. This project set up 50 street level, neighborhood-oriented air sampling sites throughout the City to sample the ambient air for PM2.5, PM2.5 speciation, NO2, SO2, and O3.
For further information, please visit the Air Management Services website.
RHYTHMS of the LAND: Indigenous Knowledge, Science, and Thriving Together in a Changing Climate
RHYTHMS of the LAND: Oneida Lake Watershed, USA
RHYTHMS of the LAND: Roshorv & Savnob, Bartang Valley, Tajikistan
RHYTHMS of the LAND: Sary Mogul, Alai Valley, Kyrgyzstan
RHYTHMS of the LAND: Standing Rock Sioux Nation, USA
Thriving Earth Program Assessment
In 2014, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) established the Thriving Earth Exchange Program (the Program) to strengthen and enhance collaboration among communities, scientists, and partner organizations. The intent was to help communities build healthy, resilient, thriving, just, and ecologically responsible futures. The Program has grown significantly over the last five years, interfacing with hundreds of scientists and community residents across the United States and even in other countries. The Program has taken on 87 projects during this time, and the number of Staff members has increased from two in its first year to four at the time of this Evaluation. Projects focus on a range of environmental science issues, from reducing pollution and greenhouse gases to preparing for flooding.1 Most projects occur with very little funding, relying on the volunteer work of scientist and community participants. In 2019, as Program Leadership is considering expanding the number and geographic range of projects, AGU hired Sara Bolduc Planning and Evaluation, LLC to conduct an external evaluation of the Program.
In August 2019, with input from Program Staff (employees of the Program), Evaluators conducted preliminary interviews with selected project participants (volunteer scientists and community members) and members of Program Leadership (AGU and Program Board Members). These 19 interviews helped shape a survey that Evaluators distributed to all current and past project participants for whom contact information was available, along with Program Staff and Leadership (402 people surveyed, with a 29.9% response rate). Additionally, Evaluators undertook a case study, which involved a site visit and interviews with 21 participants from projects in southeast Louisiana. Evaluators prepared this Report based on survey data, along with information from interviews and interactions with Program Staff.
Overall, the Thriving Earth Exchange Program has advanced science and benefited participants by creating new information that improves decision-making and the quality of life in communities; enabling diverse and historically marginalized communities to understand scientific processes and gain respect for science; enabling scientists to ask better questions corresponding to community needs; encouraging people to get involved in science; and dispelling misinformation. The kind of scientific collaborations that have arisen from the Program may be particularly important where academic institutions are heavily influenced and funded by industrial development interests, such that the institutions may lack credibility.