Citizen Science Opportunities from Home

Make a difference by contributing to the study of local environmental issues like plastic pollution, sea level rise, or nuisance flooding. The SC Aquarium Citizen Science app (found in the Apple App Store or on Google Play) features a collection of tools that allow you to contribute to projects of your choice quickly and easily from your mobile device.

SeaRise allows you to document nuisance flooding, King Tides, beach erosion, and salt marsh die-off or restoration in your local area by adding photos, measurements, and descriptions.

Litter-free Digital Journal allows you to count and track the litter you remove from your favorite places. These data are critical for understanding pollution trends in your community.

Other tools found in the app allow you to report dolphin sightings and clogged storm drains to Charleston County Stormwater Division.

iNaturalist (found in the Apple App Store or on Google Play) allows you to count and track biodiversity in your own backyard or a local sight of interest. Conducting regular bioinventories can be a great way to contribute to the scientific community and earn volunteer hours.

eBird (found in the Apple App Store or on Google Play) makes it easy to record birds in the field and is an essential tool for logging and tracking your bird sightings for your personal checklists, SC Audubon Climate Watch surveys, Feeder Watch from your own backyard, or contributing to huge scientific efforts, such as the International Shorebird Survey.