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1 October 9, 2013 Presented by: Kristine Nga Program Manager, ClimateWatch Earthwatch Institute (Australia)

2 Engages people, worldwide, in scientific research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. ClimateWatch Pg. 2 Earthwatch Mission

3 Work in partnership to: support independent, peer-reviewed scientific research engage people in hands-on field research within rigorously designed, scientifically validated, procedures promote science-based conservation and sustainable management practices engage, inspire and motivate action resulting in changed behaviours for a sustainable planet ClimateWatch Earthwatch Methodology Pg. 3

4 ClimateWatch Pg. 4 Government Agencies Scientists Earthwatch Community Volunteers Corporate Financial supporters Educational Institutions & organisations Researchers Corporate volunteers Philanthropy Professional Associations Universities Public donorsStatutory Bodies

5 The systematic collection and analysis of data; development of technology; testing of natural phenomena; and the dissemination of these activities by researchers on a primarily avocational basis. Source: Atlas of Living Australia ClimateWatch Citizen Science – what is it? Pg. 5

6 ClimateWatch allows every Australian to help shape our countrys scientific response to climate change. It utilises the study of phenology to engage citizen scientists to help collect data on Australian flora and fauna. What is it? – which species Where was it? – location it was seen When was it there? – date of the observation How was it behaving? – nesting, flowering, calling ClimateWatch Pg. 6 Photo 1 Here 2.4 x 3.46 Photo 2Here 2.4 x 3.46 Hibbertia hypericiodes (Native Buttercup) Male Malurus splendens (Splendid Fairy-wren)

7 *Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation & Vulnerability) to be released in March 2014 ClimateWatch IPCC 4 th Assessment Report (2007)* Pg. 7 ANZ submitted only 6 physical studies out of total 29,000 datasets and no continental biological studies.

8 The study of periodic plant and animal life cycles events and how these are influenced by seasonal and interannual variations in climate. ClimateWatch Phenology Pg. 8 × × × Time First flowering Full flowering End of flowering

9 ClimateWatch Shift in timing? Pg. 9 Time Earlier × × × ×

10 ClimateWatch Pg. 10

11 ClimateWatch Pg. 11

12 ClimateWatch Pg. 12 Why monitor these species?

13 Photo 1 Here 2.4 x 3.46 Photo 2Here 2.4 x 3.46 ClimateWatch Pg. 13

14 ClimateWatch Pg. 14 Species Field Guide

15 ClimateWatch Pg. 15 ClimateWatch trails Species/How Many/Behaviour/Comments

16 Download iPhone app (iTunes store) & Android (Google Play store) now Sign into account Select species Species info provided Record sighting GPS and date/time recorded Ability to take a photo Phenophases are loaded automatically for each species Sightings are synced to web account and can edit on website *Requires 3G or wifi, but will store sightings for later if in poor reception area ClimateWatch Pg. 16 How to record using mobile app

17 Similar to mobile app, type in species name and species fields automatically loaded. Use address locater to pinpoint location or type in GPS coordinates. If site is frequented often (i.e. backyard), save as My location for next time. ClimateWatch Pg. 17 Entering data on website

18 ClimateWatch has partnered with Royal Botanic Gardens, Scouts, universities, EECs, MDCs, and corporate sponsors to deliver the program. 10 universities, totaling xx students 50+ trails Over 45,000 sightings and over 9500 users ClimateWatch Pg. 18 Current work

19 Case 1: University of Western Australia Pilot 2011-2012 Objective: Teach students about species identification, climate change and importance of citizen science in collecting reliable data Outcome Species identification Experimental design Data collection and analysis, map-making Learned about the impact of climate change on biodiversity Writing peer-reviewed journal articles (Available online: http://cygnus- Case 2: Australian National University 2013 Objective: Teach students about the impact of climate change on Australian biodiversity. Outcome Species identification Data collection Research ClimateWatch Pg. 19 Snapshot: University partnerships

20 ClimateWatch Pg. 20 Citizen science capacity building

21 ClimateWatch Pg. 21 Where does the data go? Raw data collected by citizen scientists Filtered and validated by ClimateWatch Validated data made publicly available on the Atlas of Living Australia database Data is then used by scientists and researchers to help inform policy- makers about conservation and environmental priorities.

22 ClimateWatch Pg. 22 Kristine Nga Program Manager, ClimateWatch Earthwatch Institute (Australia) Founding sponsor Program Partners Principal sponsor Marine Sponsor

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