Help us Collect Marine Data

Dolphins by Sarah Perry

Dolphins by Sarah Perry

Citizens using the COBWEB app

Citizens using the COBWEB app

We are looking for citizen scientists to help collect marine megafauna sightings!

Are you heading out to sea or for a coastal walk during August or September?

We’re looking for members of the public to become a citizen scientists and help us test the collection of marine megafauna using mobile technology through the COBWEB project app.

WTSWW’s Living Seas staff at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre have been working alongside the COBWEB (Citizen OBservatory WEB) project since 2014 and this year are continuing to test the use of mobile technology for data recording as part of our on-going work. We have been building on our existing marine conservation and monitoring work by continuing to test the use of mobile devices for recording marine megafauna from land or sea. Although the app is still in it’s testing phase we are looking for citizen scientists to help us test the use of it for recording marine megafauna sightings around Wales.

We hope that this project will provide us with insight into the ability to collect research data across a wider number of sites in the area as well as providing us with the opportunity to collect data digitally, enabling us to mobilise our data and to ensure we have up to date locations of sightings that will help us to develop our research work further.

COBWEB is a four year project to develop an ’observatory framework‘ to enable citizens to collect environmental information suitable for use in research, decision making and policy formation.  It is led by the University of Edinburgh, which brought together a consortium of thirteen partners from five European member states: UK, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands and Ireland. Funding comes from the EU’s FP 7 Programme, which is designed to respond to Europe's employment needs, competitiveness and quality of life. The Welsh partners are Ecodyfi, Environment Systems, Aberystwyth University and Welsh Government. COBWEB is funded by the European Union under the FP7 ENV.2012.6.5-1 funding scheme, EU Grant Agreement Number: 308513.