Nerds for Nature: Mt. Diablo Morgan Fire

Nerds for Nature: Mt. Diablo Morgan Fire
Image: Courtesy of Nerds for Nature

Nerds for Nature has launched a Citizen Science campaign encouraging crowd-sourced information and images that will help them monitor the more than 3,000 acres around the summit of California’s Mount Diablo that burned in the Morgan Fire in September 2013.
Fire is a natural part of the mountain’s ecology, and many plants actually require fire to reproduce, according to the group of environmentalists/technologists. Nerds is reaching out to people visiting Mount Diablo State Park to help them monitor how the landscape is changing and recovering after the fire by taking pictures from fixed locations for 1 year after the fire.
Data already collected can be viewed in a Google Spreadsheet.

Project Details

  • DATES: Ongoing
  • LOCATION: California -
  • PROJECT TYPE: Fieldwork
  • COST: Free
  • GRADE LEVEL: All Ages

    Visit the Nerds for Nature Citizen Science site or e-mail the group:

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What Is Citizen Science?

Research often involves teams of scientists collaborating across continents. Now, using the power of the Internet, non-specialists are participating, too. Citizen Science falls into many categories. A pioneering project was SETI@Home, which has harnessed the idle computing time of millions of participants in the search for extraterrestrial life. Citizen scientists also act as volunteer classifiers of heavenly objects, such as in Galaxy Zoo. They make observations of the natural world, as in The Great Sunflower Project. And they even solve puzzles to design proteins, such as FoldIt. We'll add projects regularly—and please tell us about others you like as well.

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