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How Reliable is Citizen-Derived Scientific Data? An Evaluatoin of Contrail Observations using Multiple Datasets and GIS Techniques

Fowler, Amy and Whyatt, Duncan and Ellis, Rebecca and Davies, Gemma (2012) How Reliable is Citizen-Derived Scientific Data? An Evaluatoin of Contrail Observations using Multiple Datasets and GIS Techniques. In: Proceedings of the GIS Research UK 20th Annual Conference. Lancaster University, Lancaster, pp. 145-152. ISBN 978-1-86220-294-8

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Abstract

This paper details the preliminary outcome of research using GIS techniques and multiple datasets to evaluate the quality of contrail observations by citizens who participated in the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) Climate Survey - a nationwide citizen science project. Unlike other citizen science studies in which 'experts' can revisit sites of observatoin, independent verification of contrails is difficult because of the ephemeral nature of the atmosphere. This research therefore uniquely uses datasets which reflect the complex and ever-changing 3D nature of the atmosphere and have been derived from a variety of sources (experts, models and amateur enthusiasts) with different spatial and temporal attributes.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 54766
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 30 May 2012 15:57
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2014 15:38
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54766

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