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.
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.
Assessing harmful phytoplankton blooms in Brazilian urban streams
Identifying clean water habitats in urban areas
Seasonal patterns of water quality in Guangzhou and Foshan, China
Identifying drivers of eutrophication in the Huangpu River system
Assessing water quality in Montreal Island’s shoreline parks
Monitoring water quality in Toronto's urban storm water ponds
Prioritising local action for water quality improvement across three major metropolitan areas of China
Assessing water quality in urban Vancouver
Characterizing the impacts of sewer overflow in New York City
Drivers of Anthropogenic Litter on Great Lakes Beaches
Exploring phytoplankton blooms across Brazil and Hong Kong
Drivers of water quality in urban streams across South, Central and North America
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to send you the full publication.