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Citizens AND HYdrology (CANDHY): conceptualizing a transdisciplinary framework for citizen science addressing hydrological challenges

Nardi, Fernando; Cudennec, Christophe; Abrate, Tommaso; Allouch, Candice; Annis, Antonio; Assumpcao, Thaine; Aubert, Alice H.; Berod, Dominique; Braccini, Alessio Maria; Buytaert, Wouter; Dasgupta, Antara; Hannah, David M.; Mazzoleni, Maurizio; Polo, Maria J.; Saebo, Oystein; Seibert, Jan; Tauro, Flavia; Teichert, Florian; Teutonico, Rita; Uhlenbrook, Stefan;
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Widely available digital technologies are empowering citizens who are increasingly well informed and involved in numerous water, climate, and environmental challenges. Citizen science can serve many different purposes, from the "pleasure of doing science" to complementing observations, increasing scientific literacy, and supporting collaborative behaviour to solve specific water management problems. Still, procedures on how to incorporate citizens' knowledge effectively to inform policy and decision-making are lagging behind. Moreover, general conceptual frameworks are unavailable, preventing the widespread uptake of citizen science approaches for more participatory cross-sectorial water governance. In this work, we identify the shared constituents, interfaces, and interlinkages between hydrological sciences and other academic and non-academic disciplines in addressing water issues. Our goal is to conceptualize a transdisciplinary framework for valuing citizen science and advancing the hydrological sciences. Joint efforts between hydrological, computer, and social sciences are envisaged for integrating human sensing and behavioural mechanisms into the framework. Expanding opportunities of online communities complement the fundamental value of on-site surveying and indigenous knowledge. This work is promoted by the Citizens AND HYdrology (CANDHY) Working Group established by the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS).


citizen science; crowdsourcing; volunteered geographic information (VGI); human sensors; human behaviour; Citizens AND HYdrology (CandHy); unsolved problems in hydrology (UPH); transdisciplinarity

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Hydrological Sciences Journal
2022, Volume: 67, number: 16, pages: 2534-2551

    Sustainable Development Goals

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
    Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

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    Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources

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