Innovative citizen science activities to tackle climate change in coastal areas

SCORE is developing and carrying on various citizen science activities to involve local communities in innovative co-warning and co-monitoring activities for improving resilience to extreme weather events.

Numerous cities from Europe are grappling with climate change-induced sea-level rise, double the global average. Acknowledging the pressing need for action, the SCORE project introduces an innovative approach to coastal monitoring. Faced with the financial constraints of traditional methods, SCORE proposes a cost-effective solutionā€”leveraging low-cost sensors and engaging citizen scientists to create a network that complements official monitoring structures. By empowering local communities to contribute data and promoting ecosystem-based adaptations (EBAs), SCORE aims to elevate awareness and resilience against extreme weather events. The initiative envisions a future where Europeā€™s coastal cities are equipped with comprehensive early warning systems, a testament to the power of community engagement and cutting-edge technology.

What are SCORE’s innovative citizen science activities?

  • DIY Framework: SCORE adopts a DIY framework, encouraging stakeholders to install, operate, and maintain sensors to address local needs.
  • Catalogue of low-cost sensors: In the SCORE Coastal City Living Labs (CCLL), a diverse array of sensors is strategically deployed to cater to specific requirements such as measurands, costs, and accessibility.
  • Citizen science playbook: A comprehensive citizen science playbook to share SCORE’s expertise and experience with other projects undertaking similar initiatives.

SCORE also has several on-going citizen science projects:

    • Smart Pebbles: This activity engages students and experts in an experiment involving smart pebbles and advanced 3D scanning technology.
    • Water Quality: SCORE has introduced a MINKE water quality sensorĀ  to monitor and protect a natural site.
    • Drone Survey: Drones capture aerial images that are used to create a digital twin of the coastline, which is essential for monitoring and analysing erosion patterns and shoreline changes.
    • CoastSnap initiative: A global citizen science project for which locals and visitors are encouraged to use their smartphones to capture and upload images of the coastline.
    • Water level sensors: These sensors are used to continuously monitor the water level and consequently the surges in complement to the extant tide gauges.

Find more information about each of these activities in this Press Release.


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