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Become a Citizen Scientist

Monday, November 13, 2017

OLLI members are invited to become citizen scientists for the collection of data regarding the environmental quality of life in Morgantown!

‘Citizen science, remote sensing, and mapping quality of life’ is a WVVIEW-funded project that seeks to collect data regarding the environmental quality of life in Morgantown. An important component of the project is the development of a network of citizen scientists who will be actively engaged in the data collection, including collecting information on the physical properties such air quality, temperature, humidity, as well as noise.

Current estimates indicate 54% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. This proportion is expected to increase to 66% by 2050. Although much of this growth is in larger conurbations, including megacities with a population of 10 million people or more, many people live in rapidly growing small cities. Small cities are often neglected in studies focusing on urbanization and the quality of life in urban areas. The term urban quality encompasses a multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional description of the urban environment as experienced by city residents, with environmental quality of life being a very important component.

We are looking for active and engaged members of the community with an interest in their local environment.  You can be a member of this network!

For more information about this initiative, join Dr. Nektaria Adaktilou, who is the primary leader of the project, on December 5th, at 1:00 pm, in OLLI classroom B at the Mountaineer Mall.