ClimateWatch

An initiative of Earthwatch Institute

Get involved

Are you concerned about the environment? Do you want to do your bit to preserve our natural environment for generations to come?  If so, join the ClimateWatch team - a community made up of ordinary people, who together, are making a real difference to the future of our planet.

"A change of 1-2 degrees will mean 90% of the ‘core habitat’ in Australia’s wet tropics will be lost. With a 2-3 degree increase 97% the Great Barrier Reef will be bleached every year."  CSIRO research

How it works?

By regularly coming back to the ClimateWatch website and recording information about the species you are watching, you are helping scientists across Australia better understand our natural environment. The information you collect and enter online will then be used to assist scientists, policy makers and land managers to understand and take appropriate measures to deal with the impact of climate change.

Five steps to get involved

  1. Register online.
  2. Confirm your registration by clicking on the automated email in your inbox.
  3. Select a species to watch.
  4. Download our iPhone or Android app.
  5. Start observing and come back to the ClimateWatch website to record what you see!

Potential applications for data collected by ClimateWatch include:

  • Informing conservation and natural resource management: from individual species through to ecosystems;
  • Provision of information for optimal timing of targeted management of invasive and pest species in both agricultural and natural environments;
  • Understanding of influence of climate on plant life stages associated with human health issues such as asthma, hay fever and eczema;
  • Real-time monitoring of important ecological processes, including pollination.

The ClimateWatch system provides:

  • An opportunity for educators to introduce their students to phenology, biodiversity, and climate change.
  • A greater understanding, while raising public awareness, of the response of Australia’s biodiversity to climate change;
  • An online system for collecting, storing, interpreting and reporting indicators of biological responses to climate; and
  • The ability to predict and monitor changes in native and pest species distributions and to test their sensitivity to climate.