Freshwater and Citizen Science: A Research Hackathon

It’s been a while since I wrote! For which I am quite ashamed. However, I’m pleased to say that for the most part it is with good reason as we have been extremely busy relaunching the FWW platform, carrying out research using the data the FWW community has collected (see:, and a second special issue on its way), and looking ahead to see how FWW can better meet user requirements amongst other things.

The global cycle of water

I was listening to Danny Baker on BBC Radio 5 Live this last weekend and, whilst he may not have meant it, I think he made quite a profound point regarding water. Whatever water you wade in, it is all interconnected. So if you should fall into an agricultural ditch near Birmingham, you would be theoretically correct to say that you’re swimming in the Pacific Ocean – but ok, it won’t feel like it.

Water Memories

As a number of you will be familiar, when we run a FreshWater Watch training event we ask the participants to recount a favourite childhood memory involving water. Mine invariably revolve around fishing, but I thought I would take a few moments to share my top five favourite memories of water whatever my age.

What a difference a day makes – the WaterBlitz

Dr Ian Thornhill blogs on the return of the WaterBlitz on April 25th and how you can take part.

Last year, in partnership with Wild Oxfordshire, the Freshwater Habitat’s Trust, and Thames Water, amongst others, we launched what was probably the first ‘WaterBlitz’ across the River Thames catchment which saw volunteers collect more than 600 water samples in one day. 

Data data everywhere

Dr Ian Thornill, Earthwatch's new FreshWater Watch Research Coordinator takes a look at your fantastic FreshWater Watch data. 

  • Ian at Jimjim Falls

Meet the new Scientist! Dr Ian Thornhill

Hello! I’m Ian and I’ve just started at Earthwatch in the role of Research Coordinator. I’m very excited to be here and keen to engage with a truly pioneering citizen science project.