[Coral-List] Call for Papers: "Citizen Science in Support of Coral Reefs" at 13 ICRS (Honolulu)

Karsten Shein - NOAA Federal karsten.shein at noaa.gov
Thu Dec 10 09:30:16 EST 2015

Dear Colleagues,

With apologies for cross-posting, we encourage you to consider submitting
an abstract to the session “Citizen Science in Support of Coral Reef
Protection and Sustainability
<https://www.sgmeet.com/icrs2016/sessionschedule.asp?SessionID=88>” at the
13th International Coral Reef Symposium, 19-24 June 2016 in Honolulu,
Hawaii. https://www.sgmeet.com/icrs2016/sessionschedule.asp?SessionID=88

“Citizen Science” is a broadly-defined approach to engaging people from
various backgrounds in scientific activities. Participation may include
monitoring, data collection, analysis, outreach or training, but at the
core of these efforts is a focus on educating participants and promoting an
understanding of critical issues. Coral reef managers and researchers,
often faced with limited resources and the need to enhance public awareness
and support for their efforts, may implement citizen science programs to
address these concerns. Such programs have the potential to vastly increase
monitoring capacity, data collection, and analysis, while simultaneously
providing participants with a greater understanding of the need for the
activity and an impetus to advocate the issue before their peers and
community. But the emergence of citizen science in coral reef research and
management generates questions such as:

   - How effective and efficient are citizen science programs?
   - Do they provide measurable value?
   - Can we identify best practices?
   - How will citizen science evolve – what role should it play? what’s
   - Could standardized approaches help address bigger, global questions?

We welcome abstracts focused on citizen science activities at any stage or
scope that support coral reef research and conservation efforts, as well as
abstracts that consider the role, value, perception, practice and future of
citizen science to reef science, conservation, and policy.

To submit your abstract to Session 88: Citizen Science in Support of Coral
Reef Protection and Sustainability, please visit:
https://sgmeet.com/icrs2016/abstractinfo.asp. The abstract deadline is 15
January, 2016.

More information about the conference, including registration is available
at: https://sgmeet.com/icrs2016/, and for questions about the Citizen
Science session, please contact the lead organizers, Drs. Karsten Shein
Karsten.Shein at noaa.gov and David Bourne d.bourne at aims.gov.au.

Warm regards,

*Your Session 88 organizing team*

*Karsten Shein, NOAA (USA)David Bourne, Australian Institute of Marine
Science (Australia)Jim Hendee, NOAA (USA)Yoshimi Suzuki, Shizuoka
University (Japan)Carrie Manfrino, Central Caribbean Marine Institute
(Cayman Islands)David Smith, University of Essex (UK)*

*Pamela Fletcher, Florida Sea Grant (USA)*
*Jenny Cousins, Earthwatch Institute (UK)*

*Karsten Shein, Ph.D.*
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*formerly NOAA's National Data Centers (NODC, NGDC, NCDC)*
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