You are a nature lover? Then you are invited to join NaturKalender. Observe changing seasons and relate them with climate change.

nature, phenology, seasons

The project overview

Area of Science: Natural Sciences
Location: Austria
Used Devices: with PC/Mobile
Equipment of citizen scientists: Instructions for phenological observations, willingness to visit the relevant plants every two to three days, smartphone with camera
Activities of citizen scientists: sharing ideas, observing, collecting, photographing, analysing
Suitable for: Youngsters and adults
Project duration: 01.09.2017 - 31.08.2019
Time to join in: from 01.09.2017
Expenditure of time: Reading the observation instructions: 30 min.; observing plants: 2-3 times/week; data entry via the app or the phenowatch website: 1 min. If you are interested in a deeper involvement, join observer meetings & increase your qualification through webinars
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Project objective

Within the Sparkling Science project "NaturVerrückt" a smartphone app was designed for collecting phenological observations. Pupils of five agricultural schools entered their phenological observations via this app into the phehological data base. Within the project "NaturKalender" its functionality will be extended and species added. Potential target groups will be contacted for recruiting new observers in order to increase the densitiy of phenological observations in Austria. Citizen scientists will be invited to share their observations, increase their observational abilities and their knowledge on the effect of climate change on plants and animals and thereby sharpen their environmental awareness. Near real time graphical displays of the phenological observations on the phenowatch website will inform the public on the current developmental stage of the vegetation. The results of "NaturKalender" will be presented at conferences and published in reviewed scientific journal.

How to participate?

The main scientific aim of this project is to collect high quality phenological data from locations all over Austria and present them as graphs in near real time.

Observers will become part of a social network of phenological observers and nature lovers. They will not only collect phenological data via the smartphone app and interactive map (crowdsourcing), but also become part of a group who has joint interests. Citizen scientists will have the opportunity to meet each other and the scientific team at the workshops and online in the Question & Answer sessions, in which questions will be asked by the community and answered by the project team. 

In order to give feedback to the target groups, workshops will be organised at the science parks of ZAMG (in Vienna, Graz and Salzburg), thus they can learn more about phenology and ecological impacts of climate change. During these workshops, the scientific team will also welcome citizen scientists to give voice to their needs (e.g. what kind of help they need, which plants are of special interest, etc.). That way the project leaders can adapt the phenological observation program and the tools where necessary. The scientific team wants to emphasize that citizen scientists are always welcome at their institutions and are happy to tell them more about the background of the collective research.

What happens to the contributions of citizen scientists?

The phenological observations entered by the citizen scientists will be quality checked and are then entered into the phenological data base of the ZAMG. Thereby they are available for scientific purposes.

Participating and supporting institutions


Helfried Scheifinger

Thomas Hübner

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