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Temporal trends in opportunistic citizen science reports across multiple taxa

Knape, Jonas and Coulson, Stephen and van der Wal, René and Arlt, Debora (2022). Temporal trends in opportunistic citizen science reports across multiple taxa. AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment. 51 , 183-198
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Abstract

Opportunistic reporting of species observations to online platforms provide one of the most extensive sources of information about the distribution and status of organisms in the wild. The lack of a clear sampling design, and changes in reporting over time, leads to challenges when analysing these data for temporal change in organisms. To better understand temporal changes in reporting, we use records submitted to an online platform in Sweden (Artportalen), currently containing 80 million records. Focussing on five taxonomic groups, fungi, plants, beetles, butterflies and birds, we decompose change in reporting into long-term and seasonal trends, and effects of weekdays, holidays and weather variables. The large surge in number of records since the launch of the, initially taxa-specific, portals is accompanied by non-trivial long-term and seasonal changes that differ between the taxonomic groups and are likely due to changes in, and differences between, the user communities and observer behaviour.

Authors/Creators:Knape, Jonas and Coulson, Stephen and van der Wal, René and Arlt, Debora
Title:Temporal trends in opportunistic citizen science reports across multiple taxa
Series Name/Journal:AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:51
Page range:183-198
Number of Pages:16
Publisher:SPRINGER
ISSN:0044-7447
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Keywords:Citizen science data, Motivation, Observer behaviour, Sampling bias
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111573
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111573
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
DOI10.1007/s13280-021-01550-w
Web of Science (WoS)000634689800002
ID Code:26348
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology

(NL, NJ) > Swedish Species Information Centre
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:20 Dec 2021 09:25
Metadata Last Modified:20 Dec 2021 09:31

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