|Presented By||Earthwatch Australia|
|Goal||Help us understand effects of climate change on our species.|
|Task||You'll learn, observe and record seasonal changes in nature.|
ClimateWatch was developed by Earthwatch Institute with the Bureau of Meteorology and the University of Melbourne to understand how changes in temperature and rainfall are affecting the seasonal behaviour of Australia's plants and animals. The first continental phenology project in the Southern Hemisphere, ClimateWatch enables every Australian to become a citizen scientist, collecting and recording data that will help shape the country's scientific response to climate change. You can record anywhere, anytime - from a jog around the block all the way to a camping trip.
Earthwatch has established almost 60 ClimateWatch trails in partnership with local governments, botanical gardens, environmental education centres and universities across the country. Walking a trail is a great way to involve your family, friends, students or colleagues in discovering your local environment while contributing to important research.
ClimateWatch is an authentic learning experience that can be incorporated into school excursions, corporate CSR strategies or local events.
The ClimateWatch system provides:
|How to Join||
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Are you concerned about the state of the environment? Do you want to do your bit to take care of our natural world for generations to come? If so, become a ClimateWatcher - you're joining a community of people who are invested in our natural heritage and are making a real difference to the future of our planet.
It's easy to get involved. Register online here (http://climatewatch.org.au/user/register) and start recording what you see outside. It's a good idea to think about how you can make ClimateWatch part of your regular weekly activities and to keep a pen and paper handy to make a note of your observations on the spot.
Download the app from the iTunes (iPhone/iPad) or Google Play (Android) store to start recording today!
By regularly coming back to the ClimateWatch website and recording information about the species you are watching, you are helping scientists across Australia better understand our natural environment. The information you collect and enter online will then be used to assist scientists, policy makers and land managers to understand and take appropriate measures to deal with the impact of climate change.
|Project Timing||You'll make more observations when the seasons change, but there are always new things to spot so keep your eyes peeled throughout the year. We need long-term data in order to piece together the effects of climate change on the seasonal changes in species phenology, so keep ClimateWatching!|
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors|
|Ideal Frequency||Every few days|
|Average Time||Less than an hour|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||On a hike, On a walk, run, At school, At home, In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, In the car, In snow or rain, At the beach, At a science center, zoo or aquarium|
|Tags||animals, app, australia, biodiversity, climate, climate change, ecology, ecology & environment, free, freshwater, limnetic, marine, marine ecology, mobile, plants, terrestrial|
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