The Eye on Water Australia project was introduced to the Citizen Science community in Australia at the annual Australian Citizen Science Conference and CSIRO highlighted the new project that will have a unique Australian character. This project was funded by a grant from the federal Department of Innovation, Industry and Science. The Eye on Water Australia project involves comparing water quality data from citizen scientists with satellite-derived ocean colour or coastal/inland water products.
- The data from citizen scientists will be used to improve interpretation of satellite data. We can also compare citizen scientist data with temporal trends seen in satellite products.
- Students are using the Eye on Water app to assess the water colour using the Forel-Ule scale. Students also use a chemical backpack to make physical and chemical measurements in their environments as part of a year 9 & 10 biodiversity and ecology unit.
- The Australian version of the app is freely available and records the students’ measurements in a national database. The chemical backpack water quality lab contains lessons, activities, and test kits to measure important water quality parameters relevant to the high school science curriculum.
Dr Hendrik Jan van der Woerd visited Australia February 2018
Dr van der Woerd (VU-IVM) visited CSIRO in Canberra to discuss the Eye on Water Australia project. Dr van der Woerd recently published his paper on water colour, ‘Hue-Angle Product for Low to Medium Spatial Resolution Optical Satellite Sensors’ and has been collaborating with the Eye on Water Australia’s scientific team. They aim to implement the Hue-angle method to Australian data in order to stimulate integration of citizen data and satellite observations of inland and coastal waters.