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Wintry Citizen Scientist Projects - Get Involved!

Baby, it’s cold outside! To mark the first day of winter on December 21st, we’d like to share this list of wintry Citizen Science projects by SciStarterSciStarter is a fantastic website where you can discover, get involved in, and contribute to science research projects through recreational activities. They have over 600 citizen science projects listed! Check out their website to learn more about citizen science and get involved. And if you’re a scientist or a representative of a citizen science organization or community group - this is the place to tell eager people about your work and get them interested in helping out.

Winter Citizen Science Projects - Get involved! We bet you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy inside when you do!  

Counting Weddell Seals in Antarctica

Even if your local winter weather does not include ice and snow, you can take a virtual trip to Antarctica. Use satellite images to help scientists track Weddell Seals. All you need is access to the internet to download the images and use of a computer to help in the counting. Why is this important? One of the first questions scientists ask when they are studying animal population is “how many?” Figuring that out isn't always easy. How do you think scientists count seals? Check out this link and get started!


IceWatch USA

As an IceWatch USA™ volunteer, you observe a body of water in your area over the winter, and report on weather (snow, precipitation, ice cover) as well as wildlife activity. In as little as 10 minutes, your observations help scientists analyze climate change and other environmental factors as well as how people can adapt to those changes.  All you need is a pen or pencil, Ice Watching Forms (provided) and computer access. Check out this link and get started!


Old Weather

Transcribe Arctic and worldwide weather observations from ships since the mid-19th century to help scientists create accurate climate models. Help scientists recover Arctic and worldwide weather observations made by US ships since the mid-19th century by transcribing ships’ logs. These transcriptions will contribute to climate model projections and improve our knowledge of past environmental conditions. Historians will also use your work to track past ship movements and tell the stories of the people on board. All you need is a computer. Get started!



Contribute to real-time research by Tweeting your snow and ice depth measurements to researchers at the University of Waterloo, Canada. The Snowtweets Project provides a way for people interested in snow measurements to quickly broadcast their own snow depth measurements to the web. Data are then picked up by a database and mapped in near real time. They are especially interested in using web-based digital technologies to map snow data; currently, the project uses the micro-blogging site Twitter as its data broadcasting scheme. All you need is a ruler, zip code, Internet access, and a Twitter account. Get started!

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