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Citizen, Science, Highways, and Wildlife: Using a Web-Based GIS to Engage Citizens in Collecting Wildlife Information

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dc.contributor.author Lee, Tracy en_US
dc.contributor.author Quinn, Michael S. en_US
dc.contributor.author Duke, Danah en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:49:44Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:49:44Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-07-14 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-07-14 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2407
dc.description.abstract "Road Watch in the Pass is a citizen-science project that engages local citizens in reporting wildlife observations along a 44-km stretch of Highway 3 through Crowsnest Pass in southwestern Alberta, Canada. The numbers of wildlife vehicle collisions and a recent proposal to expand the highway have raised concerns from both human safety and wildlife conservation perspectives. Through the use of a web-based GIS, interested citizens can contribute information that will be instrumental in making final decisions concerning measures to mitigate the effects of highway expansion. Currently, 58 people have contributed over 713 observations to Road Watch. We performed a preliminary comparison of 11 months of Road Watch observations and wildlife mortality data for the same time period to demonstrate that the use of citizen science not only augments more conventional approaches, but also results in the emergence of new knowledge and insights. A Kappa index of agreement of 14% indicates poor agreement between the data sets, highlighting that wildlife successfully cross the highway in areas not identified by the wildlife mortality data. This has important implications for design and mitigation efforts for Highway 3 and other roadways." en_US
dc.subject roads en_US
dc.subject transportation en_US
dc.subject GIS en_US
dc.subject wildlife en_US
dc.title Citizen, Science, Highways, and Wildlife: Using a Web-Based GIS to Engage Citizens in Collecting Wildlife Information en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country Canada en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector New Commons en_US
dc.subject.sector Wildlife en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 11 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth June en_US

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