Citizen science offers unique opportunities to build public engagement, community capacity, and relevance for science, while addressing major environmental and resource issues in timely, cost-efficient fashion. Effective programs enhance science learning, long-term public involvement, and the knowledge needed to collect accurate data. This project will gauge the essential elements of a rigorous, successful coastal citizen science program quantitatively and qualitatively, using individual demographics, organizational, community, and regional predictors, and focus group evaluations. Its focus will be COASST, a coastal observation and seabird survey team that operates along the West Coast and into Alaska.
Scaling Up Cost-Effective Community Engagement in Coastal Resource Management