Our Services

PULSAQUA advises on citizen science (CS) use, creates CS (monitoring) projects and delivers environmental impact assessments together with citizen scientists. 

Our services for the sustainability of the globe have for now been directed to the themes:

Development of Citizen Science Projects

Citizen Science is a fast upcoming method for research, monitoring, and citizen participation in the water and environment sector. However, creating such citizen science projects is often much more complicated than foreseen. And you have only one chance to do it right, and not disappoint the citizens you want to involve. We, therefore, advise and assist in creating and developing such a citizen science project.

We deliver:

  • Feasibility study to advise whether a citizen science project concerning your water-related issue or research question is feasible.
  • Project set-up, including among others:
    • Fieldwork methodology and manual development
    • Validation methods
    • Stakeholder mapping, in order to a.o. define the best public to involve as citizen scientists
    • Making a communication and engagement plan (including feedback of results, fora, visualizing data, etc.)
    • Training of the citizens
  • Piloting  and testing the citizen science projects
  • Optimization of the citizen science projects
  • Maintenance and continuation for citizen science communities and citizen observatories

Training to develop Citizen Science projects

  • An introductory masterclass: What is Citizen Science? You will learn about the benefits of Citizen Science, when to apply it, and the basics of how to start. Duration: 1 - 2 hours
  • A workshop applicable to a water issue you have in mind, which we will use as a case study to go through the process of designing a citizen science project. Duration: half a day to 2 days, depending on your wishes. 
  • A full course on the citizen science design process. You will receive a completely tailored course to understand all aspects and facets of citizen science and its application. 

    Deploying Citizen Science to reach Impact

    Citizen Science is still under development, and many aspects are therefore still to be deployed. PULSAQUA is working on different innovative uses of citizen science data and initiatives and offers services using the acquired expertise in the field:

    1. PULSAQUA has been working on the data interoperability of different citizen science projects and/or more custom data series. Data interoperability is the capacity to which data can be analyzed and/or merged with similar data. Data interoperability relies on data standards, data documentation, and metadata to indicate to researchers which data sets or variables are comparable.
    2. Cooperation between stakeholders and different citizen science initiatives is key to enable a higher impact of the different initiatives and projects. We deliver stakeholder analysis, mapping, and assistance on how to increase cooperation to reach your goals.
    3. Combining the use of satellite data together with citizen science data strengthens both data sources and enables more innovative solutions for environmental issues. PULSAQUA has experience on enabling citizen science to strengthen and improve earth observation products for better use in environmental research and innovation.
    4. Applying and deploying citizen science data for environmental impact assessments, perhaps in combination with other data sources and/or hotspot analysis and fieldwork.

    We at PULSAQUA are always open to explore and investigate different ways of innovation and application of citizen science in combination with other techniques, methods, and sources. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any not mentioned requests.

    Improve performance of Citizen Science projects

    Evaluate and improve

    For existing citizen science projects and communities, it is important to evaluate whether the project or community is reaching its goals and envisioned impact. Evaluation can be done by PULSAQUA on several levels:

    • Evaluation of methods, manuals/protocols, and techniques used to collect data and/or to do research with the citizen scientists
      • Evaluation regarding understanding and user-friendliness of the materials and methods, as well as technical usability and applicability.
      • We will use interviews and surveys, and experimental testing to evaluate and possibly improve.
    • General evaluation strategy on the motivation of participating citizen scientists, learning goals and achievements, and awareness and action increased with the citizen scientist due to the project.
    • Impact assessment of the citizen science project or community, deploying a multi-criteria and cost-benefit analysis tool we developed to assess the impact of the project, but mostly to make the pros and cons of a project visible. For more information, please read this explanation on how the tool was implemented for the case of plastics citizen science monitoring.

    Validate data

    One of the often recurring discussion points for citizen science is that the resulting data quality is uncertain. These uncertainties and doubts can be removed with strong and appropriate validation methods. We, therefore, offer the following services:

    • The set-up of appropriate and practical validation methods that can be implemented by the citizen science project or community.
    • Statistical data analysis of existing citizen science data series on reliability, consistency and appropriateness.
    • Real-time fieldwork validation, by providing in the field validation of citizen science data collection.

    Increase impact by training your citizen scientists

    Every citizen science project is strengthened by offering training and workshops for the participating citizen scientists, to increase impact. The focus can lie on:

    1. A training to teach the citizen scientist how to perform its respective tasks, for in the end developing better results and high-quality data.
    2. A workshop that explains the bigger picture, in order to understand the reasons for performing these tasks within the (environmental) challenge and research goals of the project, for increasing education and awareness.
    3. Workshops on how to do science, increasing knowledge on science and how to practice science, for increased science literacy.
    4. Training that relates to the topic of research and is meant to increase fun and creativity, to in the end keep the citizen scientists motivated and engaged.

    Such training is different for each citizen science project, and PULSAQUA can develop these workshops for your project, initiative, community, or observatory.



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    3034 CV Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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