"We all have questions about where we live and the health of our environment. Citizen science provides the tools, methods, and resources to help answer some of these questions. Involving people in citizen science data collection increases their confidence in decisions that affect their communities, regions, or world. In my science, I want others to see the unique perspective that satellite data provides both spatially and temporally (you can time-travel now!)."  >>

"Science has a complicated history – often, women, minorities, and non-professionals have made extraordinary contributions, but they sometimes didn’t receive recognition for their discoveries. Citizen science affirms the paramount importance of inclusion in science."  >>

Citizen Scientist - Teacher
"It is my goal to excite students about what is around them, as I tell them when we are outside exploring, “Look up, look down, and look around”. Too many times they miss the cool and interesting things that are out there. So being a citizen scientist helps them enjoy these wonderful gifts and realize we can make a difference."  >>

Citizen Scientist -- Science Teacher
"It is my job to provide real-world learning opportunities and to encourage my students to take a closer look at our planet. I believe we need more informed citizen scientists in this world. My personal mission statement is simple, #GettingScienceDone!"  >>

Citizen Scientist
"By facilitating citizen science programs in Antarctica and the Arctic, I am doing my part to contribute to a better understanding of these regions. I also hope I am inspiring our guests to return home as ambassadors for the citizen science movement."  >>

Research Scientist at NASA Langley Research Center
"You don’t have to have a formal degree to be interested in and participate in science."  >>

Physical Scientist at NASA Langley Research Center
"Scientists cannot possibly be everywhere all the time to observe our environment, so engaging citizen observers is a very helpful way to get additional insight into Earth-system processes.”  >>

Research Scientist at NASA Langley Research Center
"I work at NASA Langley on the CERES science team, which stands for Clouds and Earth’s Radiant Energy Systems. The instrument takes observations from space of the amount of energy that is coming out of the top of the atmosphere."  >>

Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research
"The mosquito data collected by citizen scientists through GLOBE Observer will be very useful for helping me to gain a more detailed understanding of how temperature and rainfall influence the beginning of the mosquito season and the risk of West Nile Virus transmission."  >>

Research Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Universities Space Research Association
"Engaging the public in scientific research is beneficial to society as a whole on various levels, for example it enables citizens to gather critical data in areas where it may not be possible by scientists on a regular basis."  >>

Did you Know?

Altostratus with Waves

This is NOT a typical altostratus cloud, but it wins points for the eye-catching factor. Since it is overcast, we chose it for the altostratus category.

Photo from Falls Church, VA.