Citizen science typically involves data collection by members of the public who pass their information along to researchers trying to answer real-world questions.
Ways to Get Involved
Citizen Science at NOAA
These crowdsourcing opportunities contribute to research and outreach with NOAA, including Marine Debris Monitoring Toolbox and Marine Debris Tracker.
Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST)
Volunteers monitor local beaches on a regular basis looking for beached sea birds and other indicators of environmental stress.
Green Crab Monitoring
Volunteers with Washington Sea Grant monitor early detection sites for invasive green crabs.
Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)
Volunteer scuba divers count fish and large invertebrates off Cape Flattery.