Citizen Science: VLINDER

Citizen Science
01 September 2018 → 31 August 2020
Regional and community funding: various
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Atmospheric physics
    • Environmental education and extension
  • Engineering and technology
    • Modelling and simulation
weather climate Flanders modelling citizen science Internet-of-Things Smart Cities
Project description

Land use (e.g. buildings, forests,...) has a significant impact on the atmosphere. Given the increasing spatial resolution of atmospheric models, understanding the land-atmosphere interaction gains importance. But reliable weather observations are mostly limited to rural and open landscapes.The VLINDER project, operational since December 2019, aims at filling this gap by building a regionwide climate monitoring network measuring in all landscapes present (rural, urban, industrial, forests, lakes,...). As a research group it is nearly impossible to initiate a network on such a scale. But by following a citizen science approach the story changes... In this project high schools are involved during the complete duration: they search for scientifically valuable measurement locations, they build and maintain the weather stations and they analyse the collected data.

The VLINDER project is supported by the EWI Department in the context of their citizen science program. To maximize both the citizen and science impact of the project, it is built upon a large consortium consisting of partners with very different scientific, technological and outreach expertise.