Scientific Publications

Since FreshWater Watch began in 2012, citizen scientists have collected data from their local ponds, streams and rivers. Their combined efforts have contributed to important research about the global threats to freshwater ecosystems, and the effectiveness of different water management interventions at local, national and international scales.

Read how this long-term collaboration between individual volunteers, corporations, governments and researchers has created lasting impact in dealing with freshwater and biodiversity, waste, agriculture, pollution, innovation, awareness and urbanisation: Five years of FreshWater Watch.


Freshwater Science 2019

How citizen scientists can enrich freshwater science as sensors, collaborators, and co-creators Thornhill et al.
Citizen meets social science: predicting volunteer involvement in a global freshwater monitoring experiment August et al.
Local and landscape influences on turbidity in urban streams: a global approach using citizen scientists Miguel-Chinchilla et al.
The spatial and temporal variation of water quality at a community garden site in an urban setting: citizen science in action Dawson et al.
Water-quality genesis in a mountain catchment affected by acidification and forestry practices Křeček et al.
Landscape patterns influence nutrient concentrations in aquatic systems: citizen science data from Brazil and Mexico Cunha et al.
Water quality monitoring in the Xochimilco peri-urban wetland: experiences engaging in citizen science Pérez-Belmont et al.


Science Summaries

Thanks to your measurements, scientists from around the world have published important results in international scientific journals. You can discover more about these results in the short scientific summaries below.

None of this research would have been possible without the commitment of FreshWater Watchers around the world. If you are interested in the full version of any of these summaries, please write to and we will be happy to send you the full publication.