Contributing to social good is now literally at everyone’s fingertips. That is why EMC and Earthwatch Institute have teamed up to encourage citizens to become data collectors, or citizen scientists. Through the collection of more data sources, data scientists can better uncover how climate change is affecting plants and animals by altering the timing of key natural events.
This collaboration is called the Whenology project, with the first study underway to investigate how climate change is affecting raptor migrations at Acadia National Park. To create awareness and encourage more participation, EMC launched a microsite that provides educational materials, track progress, and report insights.
I spoke with EMC Distinguished Engineer John Cardente about the Whenology project and it’s potential to provide a powerful citizen science platform for collaboratively tackling virtually any large-scale, high impact societal issue.
1. What is the Whenology project and what are your major objectives?