Data flow: linking water quality and open data

Water Rangers is a data hub for citizen scientists

By collecting data on local waterways using Water Rangers tools, citizen scientists are gathering important information that can be used to inform water conservation actions. When this data is shared on our platform, citizen scientists are able to collect it and display it in a format that experts need. By making it accessible on our platform to anyone, or shared with larger data repositories, citizen science is then ready to inform data-driven decision-making and scientific research.

Our Data Partners

We’re working alongside large-scale data platforms, such as DataStream, to bring data from citizen science to science. When you add your data to Water Rangers, you are also contributing to large-scale efforts like DataStream. This means that your data will likely be used for big conservation decisions!

We’re also committed to strengthening the capacity for community-based monitoring in data deficient sub-watersheds. This means that by providing data to Water Rangers, you’re helping to fill gaps in Canada’s freshwater monitoring networks.

More information download our white paper,Growing the Flow.

What’s coming …

We’re working very hard to create new data links between citizen scientists and environmental monitoring networks, as well as encouraging the use of citizen science data in ecological research. The more observations we have, the better the decisions about the environment and water will be. Citizen scientists are an important part of the Canadian water monitoring network and we are proud to offer tools, resources and a database to connect them to greater opportunities!