Research project


WeObserve will build a sustainable ecosystem of citizens’ observatories and move environmental monitoring into the mainstream

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Start date

December 2017

Completion date

June 2019



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No 776740.

Citizens’ observatories are community-based environmental and information monitoring systems. They harness the potential of new sensor technology and other ICTs, like personal or mobile devices, to engage citizens in observing the environment and monitoring changes in our ecosystems.

WeObserve is a Coordination and Support Action that brings together four currently funded H2020 citizens’ observatories: GROW, LandSense, Scent and Ground Truth 2.0.  WeObserve aims to address three challenges for growing a wider uptake and use of citizens’ observatories, these are: awareness, acceptability and sustainability.

WeObserve will tend to these challenges by targeting, connecting and coordinating with relevant stakeholders to achieve four main objectives:

  • To develop Communities of Practice around key topics in order to understand citizen observatories knowledge-base and strengthen it for addressing future environmental challenges.
  • To increase the geographical spread of citizen observatories and build new communities to support a culture of best practices across diverse sectors.
  • To demonstrate the value of citizen observatories in environmental monitoring at a local level but also with global initiatives, e.g. GEOSS, Copernicus and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • To promote the use and uptake of information from citizens’ observatory activities and initiate new business and innovation opportunities.

The University of Dundee is leading on the promotion and use of uptake through MOOCs, toolkits and a data converge challenge.


Project team

Andrew Cobley,

Dr Nick Taylor

, Professor Mel Woods,

Dr Saskia Coulson

External team members

WeObserve consortium consist of seven partners from seven European countries:

  • International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), Austria (Project Lead)
  • University of Dundee (UNIVDUN), United Kingdom
  • IHE Delft Institute for Water Education (IHE Delft), Netherlands
  • Ecological and Forestry (CREAF), Spain
  • Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS), Greece
  • European Citizen Science Association (ECSA), Germany
  • Autorita di Bacino dei Flumi Isonzo, Tagliamento, Liverna, Piave, Brenta-Bacchinglione (AAWA), Italy 


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Saskia Coulson

Postdoctoral Research Fellow