The Impact of Citizen Environmental Science in the United States

28 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2019 Last revised: 1 Aug 2019

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George Wyeth

Environmental Law Institute

Lee C. Paddock

George Washington University - Law School

Alison Parker

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Robert L. Glicksman

George Washington University - Law School

Jecoliah Williams

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: March 1, 2019

Abstract

An increasingly sophisticated public, rapid changes in monitoring technology, the ability to process large volumes of data, and social media are increasing the capacity for members of the public and advocacy groups to gather, interpret, and exchange environmental data. This development has the potential to alter the government-centric approach to environmental governance; however, citizen science has had a mixed record in influencing government decisions and actions. This Article reviews the rapid changes that are going on in the field of citizen science and examines what makes citizen science initiatives impactful, as well as the barriers to greater impact. It reports on 10 case studies, and evaluates these to provide findings about the state of citizen science and recommendations on what might be done to increase its influence on environmental decisionmaking.

Suggested Citation

Wyeth, George and Paddock, LeRoy C and Parker, Alison and Glicksman, Robert L. and Williams, Jecoliah, The Impact of Citizen Environmental Science in the United States (March 1, 2019). Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 49, No. 3, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3344638

George Wyeth

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LeRoy C Paddock

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Alison Parker

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Robert L. Glicksman (Contact Author)

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

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Jecoliah Williams

George Washington University - Law School

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