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Welcome to ClimateWatch

ClimateWatch was developed by Earthwatch Australia with the Bureau of Meteorology and University of Melbourne to understand how changes in temperature and rainfall are affecting the seasonal behaviour of Australia's plants and animals. The first continental phenology project in the Southern Hemisphere, ClimateWatch enables every Australian to be involved in collecting and recording data that will help shape the country’s scientific response to climate change.

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Step 1: Citizen Science App Download

App Download

Download and install the free App on your Android device or on your iPhone via the App Stores linked below
Step 2: Register your SPOTTERON Citizen Science user account


After starting the App, you can register your own user account on the platform with just your email address.
Step 3: Login and contribute in the Citizen Science App


Start observing! You are automatically logged-in after registering and you can add your first spot right away.


Download the App on your smartphone now or open the map in your browser:

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  • What is Phenology

    Phenology is the study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events and how these are influenced by seasonal and interannual variations in climate. Examples include bird nesting, insect hatching, plant flowering and fruit ripening. Many studies have already provided insight into the relationship between climate variables, such as temperature and rainfall, to the timing of these phenophases.

    Climate change is affecting rainfall and temperature across Australia, and is consequently triggering changes in established flowering times, breeding cycles and migration movements and other phenological changes of our flora and fauna.

    Monitoring phenology is important as changes can impact entire biological communities, our food sources and our health. Unfortunately. few significant datasets have been collected and researched in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere. That's where ClimateWatch comes in and enables everyone to contribute to critical climate change research.

Blog Posts

  • Phenological Changes in the Southern Hemisphere
    Phenological Changes in the Southern Hemisphere
    Written on Tuesday, 16 March 2021 09:20
    Changes in the timing of important life-cycle stages of plants and animals, such as flowering, breeding and migration, have provided some of the strongest evidence of climate change impacts on our natural and managed systems. These…
  • Contribute to climate change & COVID-19 research from home during lockdown
    Contribute to climate change & COVID-19 research from home during lockdown
    Written on Monday, 09 November 2020 01:14
    Being cooped up inside, either self-isolating or working from home, can make many of us feel anxious and stir-crazy. Research shows how good being out in nature is for our mental health, but it's important to…
  • IPCC Special Report on Global Warming
    IPCC Special Report on Global Warming
    Written on Monday, 09 November 2020 01:14
    In 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its 1.5°C Special Report which reinforced the huge risks of global warming above 1.5°C, leading to widespread calls for greater climate action. The IPCC Special Report…
  • How to be a good ClimateWatcher
    How to be a good ClimateWatcher
    Written on Monday, 09 November 2020 01:13
    There are a number of things that we look for when validating your observations. Here are some tips on how to be an expert ClimateWatcher. Species Some species are only located in particular regions of Australia.…
  • BCCVL Species Distribution Models
    BCCVL Species Distribution Models
    Written on Sunday, 08 November 2020 01:49
    ClimateWatch has worked with the Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL) in developing maps for the current, future and range-change predicted habitat suitability of over 100 terrestrial ClimateWatch indicator species. Not all species monitored on…
  • First sub-alpine ClimateWatch Trail
    First sub-alpine ClimateWatch Trail
    Written on Sunday, 08 November 2020 01:48
    The Earthwatch team have been busy delivering new ClimateWatch monitoring trails across Australia in 2019, including the first sub-alpine ClimateWatch trail at Mount Buffalo National Park in Victoria. Mt Buffalo has high vegetation biodiversity. It's sensitive,…


How to submit a sighting

How to submit a sighting

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First, download the app and create an account.

Second, click the + icon to add your spot and take a clear and close photo of the species. The app will ask you to choose the species you are observing, fill in the required information, and bam! You’ve just contributed to climate change science and it's that easy.

In the near future, you can click on the different flora and fauna species for an in-depth description and photos to help with the identification of species. This information is in much greater detail on each of the species pages on the website. Familiarise yourself with just a few species at first to build your confidence.

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Search for species in the drop-down species menu. Once you have identified the correct species, click 'Observations' and this will take you to the map, enter your login details or register for an account on the left-hand side. Then add your spot and fill in all of the required fields for your sighting. Don’t forget to upload a clear photo and location of the sighting.

Latest Contributions

Nicola Mar
Date: 11.04.2021

Fiona Sutton Wilson
Date: 11.04.2021

Juan Pablo Sepulveda Arroyo
Date: 03.04.2021

Juan Pablo Sepulveda Arroyo
Date: 03.04.2021

Fiona Sutton Wilson
Date: 10.04.2021

Fiona Sutton Wilson
Date: 10.04.2021

Fiona Sutton Wilson
Date: 10.04.2021

Fiona Sutton Wilson
Date: 10.04.2021

Evie Ogier
Date: 08.04.2021

Lisa Ryan
Date: 07.04.2021

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