Citizen Science

The Citizen Science part of the FESSTVaL measurement campaign has been postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic measures.

KARE-CS is a related project with a very similar structure and started in July on a reduced scale in the Bavarian Oberland between Munich and the Alps. There about 25 pupils from secondary level I and II received a kit for their meteorological measuring device "MESSI" and assembled it independently at home. If necessary, there was help in a video conference with the project scientists. The necessary radio infrastructure for receiving the data was set up in the region by the community foundation "Energiewende Oberland" with the support of local partners. The MESSIs of the students send measured values ​​every few minutes via this radio infrastructure to servers at the Free University of Berlin.

With the help of their mobile devices, the students can view these values ​​in real time and thus establish a relationship with their personal perception of the weather. They also see measured values ​​from neighboring MESSIs and can build up a feeling for the spatial variability of the measured values ​​of temperature, air pressure, humidity, solar radiation and precipitation. Educational material on weather forecasting and uncertainty is also available on a website. On this basis, the students should develop a better understanding of the weather forecast.

In two surveys by geographers at LMU, the understanding of weather risks is tested and compared before and after the measurement phase in order to determine the influence of participation in a Citizen Science project on the understanding of weather risks. The originally planned face-to-face workshops were unfortunately not feasible due to the pandemic measures. KARE-CS provides valuable experience for the FESSTVaL measurement campaign.

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