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Citizen Science and Its Role in Sustainable Development: Status, Trends, Issues, and Opportunities

Citizen Science and Its Role in Sustainable Development: Status, Trends, Issues, and Opportunities
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Author(s): Hai-Ying Liu (Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Norway) and Mike Kobernus (Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Norway)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 21
Source title: Sustainable Development: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3817-2.ch048

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Abstract

The chapter aims to analyse the role of citizen science in sustainable development, including case studies implementation, with specific focus on its suitability of citizen science in environmental sustainability. The authors structured this chapter in five sections: Background; Main focus; Solutions and recommendations for designing and executing citizen science initiatives; Future research directions with thoughts on the future role of citizen science; and Conclusion. In section of main focus, first, the authors reviewed the state of citizen science in sustainable development and explored the potential of citizen science for environmental research and governance. Second, authors identified and elaborated the core components that support the role of citizen science and demonstrated the practical approach to realize its objective. Third, using several citizens' observatories studies from various regions in Europe and within diverse environmental fields, authors highlighted the lessons learned, and reflected on major outcomes, challenges and opportunities.

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