Plenary 7 : 10th Anniversary Next Generation Plenary: “Harnessing Citizen Science for the Future of Earth Observation”

Thursday 24 October 2019, 08:30 – 09:30
Location: The Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Grand Ballroom B

In the field of Earth Observation, citizen science complements and assists with satellite, aerial or ground-based image interpretation and classification; it provides in-situ data for calibration and validation activities; and integration of satellite and citizen observations can fill data gaps. Moreover, science and technology continues to be of great interest to the worldwide public. Citizen science provides a pathway for outreach initiatives and engages the public’s interest and ingenuity. The role of citizen science in Earth Observation has revealed trends in applications, covering a diverse set of fields including weather, climate change, sustainable development, air quality monitoring, vector-borne disease monitoring, food security, flood, drought and natural perils’ monitoring, and land cover and land-use change, among other topics.

In line with the 70th IAC theme, “Space: The Power of the Past, the Promise of the Future”, the Next Generation Plenary panelists will share their ideas and work in innovatively incorporating crowdsourcing and citizen science into traditional workflows for the future of Earth Observation. The panelists will also address how they envision addressing challenges associated with new technology trends, data quality and the formulation of policies that will facilitate their work.


Masami ONODA

Director, Washington D.C. Office, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

United States of America

Kristin WEGNER

Project Manager, GLOBE Implementation Office, UCAR

United States of America



Scientist, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)


Caroline JUANG

PhD Student, Columbia University

United States of America

Fabiana MILZA

COO and Co-Founder, IceKing GmbH



PhD Student, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya



Graduate Studentent, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

United States of America

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