Earthwatch scientist Dr. Charlotte Hall spoke about the FreshWater Watch initiative at the British Ecological Society (BES) and Société Française d’Ecologie meeting in Lille, just before Christmas. A report on the event has since been published in an edition of the BES Bulletin – featuring a summary of Dr. Hall’s talk.
The report praises Freshwater Watch as being “an excellent example of partnership working… It is a dynamic and global initiative, with webinars, refresher sessions, research updates, points and prizes and even facilities for the participants to analyse the data themselves.”
Dr. Hall’s session had focused specifically on ‘lessons learnt from a global mass citizen science programme’. She said:
"The global nature of FreshWater Watch is not only providing some fantastic new insights into water quality on a scale never seen before, but it is also a brilliant opportunity to evaluate the motivations behind why people get involved in projects such as these and the part that geographic location and culture has to play."
Find out more about how you, or your organisation can get involved with FreshWater Watch here.