Citizen Science

The term citizen science represents a broad range of activities in support of scientific research. From contributing data to co-creating projects, public participation in science is evolving. AWe are committed to exploring how citizen science can play a role in environmental monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

Learn more about the work we are currently involved below.

Citizen Science Principles of Good Practice

In Alberta, there is a growing effort to engage the public in science and environmental monitoring. From reporting grizzly bear sightings, to listening to amphibian calls, to monitoring water quality, many Albertans are contributing to data to understand the condition of Alberta’s environment This increase in citizen science has been observed not just in Alberta, […]

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Honouring the Graduates of the 2015 Environmental Monitoring Technician Training Program

Honouring the Graduates of the 2015 Environmental Monitoring Technician Training Program Fifteen Aboriginal trainees from eight First Nation and Métis communities successfully completed the five-week Environmental Monitoring Technician Program Pilot co-funded by AEMERA (now the Environmental Monitoring and Science Division) and Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF). The group celebrated their program completion with a […]

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Putting the ‘U’ Back in Nature

Never before has it been easier for you to join in and participate in monitoring Alberta’s biodiversity, water and air.

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Oil Sands Monitoring Community Report

You have questions about the environment in the oil sands region…and we’re working to find the answers.   Find out how we’re monitoring in the oil sands region, the questions we’re asking, and the answers we’re getting…visit  

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Exploring Community Approaches to Environmental Monitoring

Community-based monitoring is a relatively new term and can have a variety of interpretations.

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Keeping the Land “Clean, Fresh and Friendly”

First, I am very honoured to be one of 15 students accepted into this Environmental Monitoring Program sponsored by Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF) and AEMERA (now the Environmental Monitoring and Science Division). I am a strong believer in keeping the land “Clean, Fresh and Friendly” and am grateful to learn about how we […]

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Pilot program trains Aboriginal students from oil sands area

As the Environmental Monitoring and Science division (formerly AEMERA) continues to move forward and establish itself as the provincial monitoring agency responsible for measuring, assessing and informing the public on the condition of Alberta’s environment, engaging with Aboriginal stakeholders to find meaningful ways to braid Traditional Ecological Knowledge into regional monitoring, has become a clear priority. […]

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Citizen Monitoring: CoCoRHaS

After meeting with representatives from the Bow River Basin Council to discuss the citizen-based precipitation monitoring program called the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, or CoCoRaHS, some monitoring and science staff are now participating by setting up their own precipitation monitoring gauges. CoCoRaHS is a non-profit, network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds […]

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