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Maximizing the Value of NOAA Data through Investment, Innovation, and Governance

August 16-20, 2021


NOAA’s Environmental Data Management Committee is proud to host the 11th annual NOAA Environmental Data Management Workshop (EDMW). The workshop will be presented in an entirely virtual format. We are taking advantage of the opportunities that this online format affords, to both encourage broad participation in breakout sessions and to line up high caliber plenary speakers.

There is no registration for any sessions, only for the plenaries. Click here for plenary registration info.

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Friday, August 20 • 1:15pm - 2:45pm
8C: Citizen Science and the Power of the Crowd to Produce Data for NOAA’s Mission

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Session Chair: Laura Oremland

NOAA has a rich history in citizen science. Volunteer observations have helped inform the prediction and management of weather, oceans and coasts within the United States for over a century. Citizen science has grown in prevalence and impact over the last decade leading NOAA to designate citizen science as one of its six Science & Technology Focus Areas and release a Citizen Science Strategy. With citizen science data being routinely used to enhance NOAA’s science, education, and monitoring programs, this session will provide an in-depth look at the data types, management, challenges, opportunities, best practices, and tools associated with volunteer-collected information.

Presentations: (abstracts by session here)
1. Community Science Field Campaigns - Mapping Urban Heat with AI through a PPP
- Hunter Jones
2. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) network – QA/QC and Leveraging Machine Learning Techniques for Exploratory Data Analysis
- Noah Newman
3. mPING: Citizen-Observer Research
- Kim Elmore
4. CrowdMag: Crowdsourcing Earth’s magnetic field
- Manoj Nair
5. Encouraging Innovative Supplementary Data Gathering: The International Hydrographic Organization Crowdsourced Bathymetry Initiative
- Georgianna Zelenak
6. Cooperative Shark Tagging Program: Ensuring quality data from citizen science in support of shark management
- Camilla T. McCandless
7. Environmental Monitors on Lobster Traps and Large Trawlers (eMOLT)
- Jim Manning
8. The Hudson River Eel Project: Getting a grip on slippery data
- Chris Bowser
9. Whale Alert: How the public can engage in science and management to save whales
- David Wiley

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Hunter Jones

Climate and Health Project Manager, OAR/CPO
Hunter Jones is the Climate and Health Project Manager and Extreme Heat Risk Team Lead within NOAA Research’s Climate Program Office (CPO). He co-develops, and manages a number of projects under, the National Integrated Heat Health Information System. Chief among them is the citizen... Read More →
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Laura Oremland

Citizen Science Co-Lead

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Noah Newman

Education and Outreach, CoCoRaHS (Colorado State Univ.)
I am a research coordinator for the Colorado Climate Center and the education and outreach coordinator for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network (https://www.cocorahs.org/). I began my career teaching informal science education in 2002 and worked for The GLOBE Program... Read More →

Kim Elmore

Research Scientist, Univ. of OK/NOAA NSSL
Project scientist for the mPING project. B.S. Meteorology: 1978M.S. Meteorology: 1982Ph.D. Meteorology: 2000Light plane pilot, amateur radio operator, amateur violinist
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Manoj Nair


Cami McCandless

Lead, Apex Predators Program, NOAA Fisheries
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James Manning

oceanographer, NMFS/NEFSC
Jim Manning has been at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center for nearly 35 years. After a bachelor's degree in mathematics (UMO) and master’s degree in oceanography (URI), his career has been largely devoted to building low-cost ocean observing systems with the help of commercial... Read More →

Chris Bowser

Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve
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David Wiley

Dr. David Wiley is the Research Ecologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency’s (NOAA) Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.  He received his PhD in Environmental Studies from Antioch University with a focus on environmental decision-making and conservation biology... Read More →

Friday August 20, 2021 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT