FotoQuest Austria

With more detailled and complete data about land use, changes of the landscape and their effects on the environment can be better understood.

land use, landscape, environment

The project overview

Area of Science: Natural Sciences
Location: Österreich
Used Devices: with PC/Mobile
Equipment of citizen scientists: Smartphone (iPhone, Android) or tablet (iPad, Android) and FotoQuest app
Activities of citizen scientists: observing, measuring, photographing
Suitable for: Youngsters and adults
Project duration: 09.07.2015 - 30.09.2016
Time to join in: 01.04.2016 - 30.09.2016

Project objective

In Austria, 190.000 m2 of land are transformed into new commercial, residential and transportation areas every day. Without sustainable planning fertile soil and land rich in plant life quickly disappear under asphalt and concrete. The soil sealing dramatically increases the risk of flooding.

For a better understanding and tracking of the changes in land cover and land use and to analyse the impact of these changes on the environment accordingly, scientists need complete, detailed and reliable data on current land use.

How did citizen scientists participate?

By using FotoQuest Austria on your smartphone, everybody was able to join citizen scientists by taking pictures and providing vital information on land cover and land use across Austria.

What happened to contributions of citizen scientists?

All the collected data (except for personal data, e.g. email address, name) was made publicly available and can be freely used and distributed by anyone, including scientists from all over the world.

Prizes and winners

The name of the top 3 participants went into a raffle each week. At the end of the competition, three names were be randomly drawn from the raffle to win the prizes: a brand new smartphone, an iPad and a digital camera. For more information please visit

Participating and supporting institutions

Internationales Institut für angewandte Systemanalyse (IIASA), Earth Observation Systems (EOS)


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