People - GLOBE Observer
Mr. Matteo Kimura
Where are you from?
I was born in Miami, spent a few years living in Brazil, and have been living in McKinney, Texas ever since.
What do you do?
I’m a high schooler at Independence High School in Frisco, Texas. I’m a programmer at heart and I work on various open-source projects ranging from data cleaning to robotics tools.
How do you use GLOBE Observer?
Aside from the occasional observation, I mainly work with the GLOBE API, particularly the Mosquito Habitat Mapper and Landcover protocols, to create procedures that allow users to extract the data that they need to answer their research questions.
How to you plan to use GLOBE Observer in the future?
I hope to combine GLOBE Observer data with satellite data and other datasets such as Collect Earth Online Landcover data to allow us to take advantage of the unique perspectives of each dataset to get a better understanding of the Earth System.
Why is citizen science important to you?
Citizen science is important to me as it provides a powerful collaborative environment that enables data collection at new scales while also promoting science by encouraging communities to explore these fields.
What advice do you have for people just getting into citizen science?
There’s always so much to do and learn, especially in a field as new and growing as citizen science, so try and find how you can use your skills and abilities to contribute!
What do you do for fun?
I like to go on walks in my local park and sometimes try to dabble in landscape photography.
What inspires you?
We have the privilege of living in a time where we have access to so much technology to expand our understanding of the world and improve the human condition. These things inspire me to try to make the most of these opportunities.
Any favorite quote(s) you would like to share?
“The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.” - Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot