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Our research focuses on the major challenges facing our environment, including the declining health of our oceans and rivers, the impacts of climate change and the loss of wildlife and habitats.

We operate at a range of scales from global to local and work closely with civic society, policy and practice, including by involving them in the scientific process through citizen science. Our work incorporates educational programmes, business partnerships and community engagement to create evidence based policy and behaviour change impact.

We work in partnership with a large network of research organisations, advancing science driven by citizen stewardship, creating evidence-based policy recommendations and championing environmental data sharing across multiple platforms.





We’re working with city councils, businesses and communities to create greener, healthier and safer cities.

Our climate-proof cities programme operates across the globe to improve climate resilience using nature-based solutions.

Naturehood is an exciting, innovative engagement and science programme that aims to reconnect people with the wildlife on their doorstep and increase biodiversity in our towns and cities

Freshwater pollution

FreshWater Watch is our global freshwater citizen science tool, which has been used in countless projects to study and address nutrient pollution. We keep developing our tool and are expanding our research programme.

We have recently launched Plastic Rivers, a programme to better understand and tackle plastic pollution before it reaches the ocean. 

Sustainable Agriculture

We’re studying the environmental impact of farming practices and agricultural supply chains. Our aim is to drive environmentally sustainable practices that also ensure food security for local people.


We’re filling knowledge gaps on key marine species and the effects of climate change. The data we collect will help protect our oceans for future generations to enjoy. Through the CoCoast partnership, we’ve helped generate over 240,000 data points to be given directly to decision-makers and managers of Marine Conservation Zones.

Advancing citizen science practice

We are continually innovating to make our science more impactful and to stay at the forefront of the global citizen science movement. We lead and contribute to a range of projects that advance the field of citizen science by researching its impact on society, sharing expertise and developing new technological tools.



We coordinate the MICS project, in which we work with six partners to develop an integrated platform to measure the costs and benefits of citizen science. This will increase the evidence base for developing effective nature-based solutions.


As a partner in COS4CLOUD, we are helping to bring together citizen science projects in the European Open Science Cloud through co-designed innovative services, improving the reach and quality of data.



The EU-Citizen.Science project, in which we are also a partner, is building the central platform for citizen science in Europe, as a place for citizen science knowledge sharing



MONOCLE is improving knowledge of coastal and inland waters obtained from satellite observations and citizen science.



As part of the NC4EE project researchers, including our own, collaborate with people from all walks of life to open up environmental research and empower people to tackle environmental challenges.





Our academic partners at the University of Birmingham, which oversees BIFoR, granted special permission for Earthwatch field teams to use this unique site. Volunteers studied the growth rates of trees and other aspects of the carbon cycle such as soil respiration rates.

Catch me if you CAM

Catch Me If You CAM – a pilot project delivered in collaboration with the High Life Highland Countryside Rangers and supported by Earthwatch – engaged children with their local biodiversity through the use of trail camera technology, with the ultimate aim of inspiring them to take action to protect their planet.


The CatchX platform is a global web-based catchment hydrological information platform that allows scientists, water stewards and non-expert users to easily access and visualise hydrological information for river catchment level water management and stewardship.

Freshwater Links

Freshwater Links is connecting the growing number of volunteer, regulatory and research datasets in the Thames catchment together with a suite of learning resources. This is an open data platform where all are welcome to seek insights into trends in the Thames catchment area and to encourage ideas that will help to improve the quality of your Thames aquatic environments.

Earthworm Watch

Participants from across the UK helped to map earthworms and soil health for Earthworm Watch, delivered in partnership with NHM London.


Ground Truth 2.0

In Ground Truth 2.0, six citizen science observatories in Europe and Africa enabled citizens to share data that played a crucial role in environmental monitoring, decision making, cooperative planning and environmental stewardship.


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