About Citizen Science
The OPCC defines citizen science as the engagement of the general public in scientific research activities. Through citizen science, volunteers actively contribute to science with their intellectual efforts, knowledge, tools or resources.
Citizen science initiatives allow citizens to voluntarily provide experimental data to researchers. Thus, while volunteers add value to research, they also have the opportunity to acquire new skills and contribute to improving scientific knowledge.
According to the OPCC, this type of open, collaborative and cross-cutting scenario is the ideal context to strengthen interactions between science, society and politics, including in terms of climate change and adaptation.
Within the framework of the OPCC2 project, the Observatory aims to centralize in its information platform the citizen science actions planned in two of its associated projects: FLORAPYR and REPLIM. Through this initiative, databases and cross-border observations on Pyrenean flora, lakes and peatlands can be broadened.