Counting birds for more than 100 years generates data on a changing climate and there's an app for that: eBird. Surfer science using smart tech tracks ocean acidification and coastal temperatures in the Smartfin project, a recent startup. We spend "A Year in the Life of Citizen Science" including a Thanksgiving Monarch Butterfly Watch in California. Seasonal change is tracked by Latina and Native American teens in springtime in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and horseshoe crabs are surveyed in summer by... [see more] retirees along mid-Atlantic coasts. In Uganda, World Bank economists and local partners generate data for sustainable development. The far-ranging potential of "Citizen Science in the Digital Age."
THE CROWD & THE CLOUD showcases the power of citizen science in the digital age. Hosted by former NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati, the 4-part series takes viewers on a global tour of the projects and people on the front lines of citizen science and crowdsourcing. By observing their environment, monitoring neighborhoods, and collecting information about the world around them, citizens are helping professional scientists advance knowledge while speeding up new discoveries and innovations.