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Season Spotter

Main Project Information
Presented By Season Spotter is a collaboration between Harvard University, the National Ecological Observatory Network, and the Zooniverse. Funding for Season Spotter has been provided by the National Science Foundation.
Goal Help study the impacts of changing climates on trees and plants
Task Classify landscape images of forests, grasslands, and more!
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

We invite you to join Season Spotter, where you can help with an ongoing climate change research project. We have over 250 digital cameras mounted on towers and platforms across North America (and beyond) taking continual images of vegetated landscapes including forests, grasslands, and croplands. The result is images – a lot of images – that provide a unique record of how plants respond to seasonal change including the timing of leafing, flowering, and fruiting.

While some of the images can be categorized by using automated algorithms, humans are much better at tasks involving visual skills such as pattern recognition. That’s where you come in. A little bit of your time can further research to better understand how the natural world responds to changing climate. Help us classify landscape images so that we can produce forecasts that will be useful for a wide range of purposes, including in agriculture, conservation, tourism, and public health.

How to Join

Visit the Season Spotter website. Registration is not required

Social Media
Required Gear

Computer with internet connection

Special Skills None are required
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags autumn, climate, climate change, ecohealth, ecology, ecosystem services, environment, fall, field photo, flowers, forests, leaves, nature, phenocam, phenology, photo, photographs, photography, plant, plant conservation, plant monitoring, plants, plant science, project budburst, seeds, spring, summer, trees, wildflowers, winter, zooniverse
Project Updated 05/23/2018