Public participation in climate science research: Plant phenology, climate change, and Project BudBurst
From its 2008 launch in February, this on-line educational and data-entry program, engaged participants of all ages and walks of life in recording the timing of the leafing and flowering of wild and cultivated species found across the continent. Thus far, participants from all 50 states have submitted data that is being submitted to the USA National Phenology Network (www.usanpn.org) database. Project BudBurst has been the subject of almost 300 media outlets including NPR, national and regional television broadcasts, and most of the major national and regional newspapers.
This presentation will provide an overview of Project Budburst and will report on the results of the 2009 field campaign and discuss plans to expand Project BudBurst in 2010. Project BudBurst is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the University of Montana in collaboration with the USA –NPN, NEON, National Geographic Society, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USGS, NSF, and NASA.