Volunteer observations have helped inform the prediction and management of weather, oceans and coasts within the United States for over a century. In 2013, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) established a citizen science community of practice. The strong growth of this community and the entire practice of citizen science helped lead to citizen science being named one of six Science & Technology Focus Areas for NOAA in 2020. NOAA recently released a Citizen Science Strategy that outlines a path for the agency to engage the public in support of key mission areas. We will discuss this strategy, its creation, and next steps to support its implementation.
Presenters: John McLaughlin, Education Program Manager, NOAA Office of Education
Laura Oremland, Education Program Manager, NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology
*Image from NOAA Citizen Science Strategy