GLOBE Observer Citizen Science Data Featured as Biomedical Picture of the Day by London Institute of Medical Sciences
Citizen science data are often described as being of use to science, but examples of citizen science data featured in research are rare. Here, an image from the summer 2021 GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Observer Mosquito Habitat Photo Challenge was selected by the Medical Research Council's London Institute of Medical Sciences to be the "Biomedical Picture of the Day". The photo was featured in a recent publication that described how citizen science data from three different citizen science projects were made interoperable in order to track invasive diseases globally (Carney et al., 2022). The citizen science projects included in the paper were GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper, Mosquito Alert, and iNaturalist. Dr. Russanne Low, science lead for the Mosquito Habitat Mapper, coauthored the article. The image was prepared by Kristen Weaver from the GLOBE Observer team.
The "Biomedical Picture of the Day" website aims to engage everyone, young and old, in the wonders of biomedicine. Images are kindly provided for inclusion on this website through the generosity of scientists across the globe. Check out this awesome Mosquito Monitoring feature and more: http://www.bpod.mrc.ac.uk/archive/2022/9/2
GLOBE Observer is funded under the NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative (NESEC). NESEC is supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AE28A and is part of NASA's Science Activation Portfolio.