Magazine article American Scientist

Citizen Science Opportunity

Magazine article American Scientist

Citizen Science Opportunity

Article excerpt

SciStarter, an online resource featuring more than 1,000 citizen science projects, is reaching out to Sigma Xi members and chapters for help finding participants or leaders for a project in their local areas. This project, presented by NASA and the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program, involves collecting soil moisture data worldwide to validate and calibrate readings by the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite. The data from the satellite will be used to improve weather forecasts; detail Earth's water, energy, and carbon cycles; monitor droughts; predict floods; and assist crop productivity.

There are four ways for Sigma Xi member and chapters to get involved:

1) As participants

2) As team leaders and hosts for the instruments required for this activity

3) As mentors to a local team or individuals (SciStarter will work with Sigma Xi members to find others who need a mentor or you can mentor/lead a team of your choice such as a scout troop, sports team, classroom, or even your own family)

4) As community lab space to help train, mentor, and host citizen scientists involved in SMAP

Members who are interested in getting involved can sign up at http://bit. …

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