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Review of Evidence on the Typologies, Exemplars and Impacts of Marine Citizen Science Initiatives in the UK - ME5120

Citizen science is firmly established as an area where the public can support, co-produce and advance citizen-led data on a range of topics of importance to environmental policy. The 25 YEP explicitly calls for greater involvement of communities in environmental decision making and engagement with citizen-based scientific projects emerging as a key means of engaging the public. In the coastal and marine environment, a significant number of citizen-led projects have emerged including in marine litter, monitoring of marine wildlife and habitats above and below water, monitoring impacts on marine systems and environmental education. While citizen science projects have existed for decades, new questions are emerging over how citizen-derived data can be used to support decisions; how quality and validity can be maintained; and the impacts of participating in citizen science projects, particularly in terms of advancing pro-environmental behaviours and ocean literacy.
This project identifies and informs a number of priority marine social questions that inform policy development.
This project reviews the current knowledge base on the extent, understanding and impact of UK marine citizen science initiatives. Key questions that inform the rapid evidence assessment include:
• Review the current extent and understanding of different types of UK marine citizen science projects;
• Review the opportunities and barriers for citizen science projects to inform key marine policy areas;
• Explore the societal impact of marine citizen science, particularly in terms of influencing behaviour and ocean literacy.

Defra (2021) Typologies, Exemplars and Effects of Marine Citizen Science Initiatives in the U.K. Defra Evidence Statement ME5120. 17pp.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : ME5120 Evidence statement - Marine Citizen Science   (1232k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2020

To: 2020

Cost: £5,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University of Aberdeen
Social Research