Citizen science in water quality monitoring: Mobile crowd sensing for water management in the Netherlands

E. Minkman, P. J. Van Overloop, M. C A Van Der Sanden

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Abstract

Barriers between experts and lay people are fading. Budget cuts and the demand for societal relevance of research induce the involvement of citizens. At the same time small, cheap sensors are widely available in mobile phones. This provides opportunities for mobile crowd sensing in water management. The fresh water demand is increasing, while several factors threaten the quantity and quality of the supply. Citizen science may enhance science by data collection, analysis or interpretation and could serve as education mean. A common challenge is ensuring sufficient quality of data. In this study the potential of citizen science in mobile crowd sensing in water quality monitoring was explored, by using a mobile crowd sensing application for water quality measurements. This consists of a colorimetric analysis using smartphone cameras and citizens to collect the data. Purposes of citizen science, target audiences, possible substances, opportunities, challenges and key success factors were identified based on nine interviews with representatives of Dutch water boards, nature managers and citizen associations. The results were compared to literature findings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2015: Floods, Droughts, and Ecosystems - Proceedings of the 2015 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages1399-1408
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479162
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2015: Floods, Droughts, and Ecosystems - Austin, United States
Duration: 17 May 201521 May 2015

Conference

ConferenceWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2015
CountryUnited States
CityAustin
Period17/05/1521/05/15

Keywords

  • Citizen science
  • colorimetric analysis
  • mobile crowd sensing
  • water quality monitoring.

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