Monitoring surface water quality using social media in the context of citizen science

Zheng, Hang, Hong, Yang, Long, Di and Jing, Hua (2017) Monitoring surface water quality using social media in the context of citizen science. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21 2: 949-961. doi:10.5194/hess-21-949-2017


Author Zheng, Hang
Hong, Yang
Long, Di
Jing, Hua
Title Monitoring surface water quality using social media in the context of citizen science
Journal name Hydrology and Earth System Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1607-7938
1027-5606
Publication date 2017-02-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5194/hess-21-949-2017
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 21
Issue 2
Start page 949
End page 961
Total pages 13
Place of publication Goettingen, Germany
Publisher Copernicus GmbH
Language eng
Abstract Surface water quality monitoring (SWQM) provides essential information for water environmental protection. However, SWQM is costly and limited in terms of equipment and sites. The global popularity of social media and intelligent mobile devices with GPS and photography functions allows citizens to monitor surface water quality. This study aims to propose a method for SWQM using social media platforms. Specifically, a WeChat-based application platform is built to collect water quality reports from volunteers, which have been proven valuable for water quality monitoring. The methods for data screening and volunteer recruitment are discussed based on the collected reports. The proposed methods provide a framework for collecting water quality data from citizens and offer a primary foundation for big data analysis in future research.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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