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Citizen Science

The citizen science case studies provide basic process steps for planning, designing and carrying out citizen science projects to advance the missions of their agencies to improve cross-agency collaboration, reveal opportunities for new high-impact projects, and make it easier for volunteers to find out about projects they can join. This section provides a number of citizen science projects to assist government practitioners, researchers, citizens, community leaders, and educational institutions to “leave no one behind” and consider all types of people. We believe that the current growth and availability of citizen science projects and relevant applications to support citizen involvement is massive; every citizen has an opportunity to become a scientist and contribute to a scientific discipline, without having any professional qualifications. Looking at the field through the lenses of under-representative populations, this section provides critical insight to practical ways to inform technological innovation and future research through citizen science tailored-based solutions.

2023

Citizen Science Projects in 2023

MOC-LLAB at ESRI User Conference 2023 in San Diego, CA!

MOC-LLAB at ESRI User Conference 2023 in San Diego, CA!

The Metabolism of Cities Living Lab, Director, Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Director of the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age, Dr. Ming Hsiang Tsou presented at the ESRI User Conference 2023 in San Diego California to showcase their research on the SDGs along the US-Mexico border entitled “San Diego County’s Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard.”
Primer Foro de Buenas Prácticas Ambientales en la UABC

Primer Foro de Buenas Prácticas Ambientales en la UABC

Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Dr. Alma Beatriz Navarro presented the recently signed SDG MOU collaboration between San Diego State University, Metabolism of Cities Living Lab and the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California on the fight towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals along the US-Mexico border.
SANDAG Coffee and Career Chat – MOC-LLAB

SANDAG Coffee and Career Chat – MOC-LLAB

Dr. Gabriela Fernandez the Director of the Metabolism of Cities Living Lab at SDSU was invited to SANDAG to provide more information about her career journey and the MOC-LLAB.
Evaluating the Safe Routes to School transportation program in social vulnerable communities in San Diego County, California

Evaluating the Safe Routes to School transportation program in social vulnerable communities in San Diego County, California

Walking or biking to school is more than twice as common among students from low-income households than students from higher income households. Creating safe routes to school is one key mechanism to achieve social equity goals by providing safe opportunities to walk and bike regardless of a community’s socio-economic composition.
SDSU’s US-Mexico Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard

SDSU’s US-Mexico Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard

The SDSU United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard is a data-driven initiative lead by the Metabolism of Cities Living Lab in collaboration with the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California in Mexico. The dashboard supports the tracking and monitoring of the UN Global Goals by 2030 in cities along the US and Mexico international border. By strengthening diversity and deliberation in climate adaptation planning while ensuring ‘No One is Left Behind.
2022

Citizen Science Projects in 2022

Evaluating the Safe Routes to School transportation program in social vulnerable communities in San Diego County, California

Evaluating the Safe Routes to School transportation program in social vulnerable communities in San Diego County, California

Location: San Diego County – Chula Vista, California Child safety is among the strongest impediments to children walking or biking to school, but for some it is a necessity due to financial or other circumstances. Walking or biking to school…

Smartphone-based light detection and ranging: a case study of measuring homeless encampments in downtown San Diego

Smartphone-based light detection and ranging: a case study of measuring homeless encampments in downtown San Diego

The United Nations “Leave No One Behind” motto is a commitment to assure the 2030 Global Agenda benefit all people, in particular marginalized groups. However, disadvantaged populations, such as homeless groups, are still getting left behind and not advocated for…

SDSU’s US-Mexico Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard

SDSU’s US-Mexico Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard

Location: San Diego State University, San Diego, CA and Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexico The SDSU United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard is a data-driven initiative lead by the Metabolism of Cities Living Lab in collaboration with the…

Detecting plastic pollution using data science methods in Imperial Beach, CA and Dunga Beach, Kenya

Detecting plastic pollution using data science methods in Imperial Beach, CA and Dunga Beach, Kenya

This project defines a replicable and flexible methodological framework for assessing the magnitude and distribution of marine pollution and impacts of beach activities. This analysis aims to provide comprehensive and harmonized information on plastics to deepen understanding on the management…

2021

Citizen Science Projects in 2021

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SDSU Student Research Symposium

Date: Friday, March 1, 2024 | Location: San Diego State University San Diego State University Student Research Symposium 2024 Metabolism of Cities Living Lab Presenter Researchers 1) Name: Lily Eckoff (Undergraduate student, Environmental Science with Focus on Environmental Law and Policy, SDSU) Supervisors: Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Dr. Domenico Vito (Metabolism of Cities Living Lab, HDMA, SDSU)Title: “Youth 4 SDGs:… Read More »SDSU Student Research Symposium
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Metabolism of Cities in Cucuta, Colombia!

Date: September 22, 2023 | Location: Universidad Simon Bolivar de Cucuta, Cucuta, Colombia Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Dr. Domenico Vito presented the “Metabolism of Cities Living Lab research and practices” on Septiembre 22, 2023, at the III Simposio Internacional Doctorado en Ciencias de la Educacion y Primer Congreso Maestria en Educacion: La Complejidad de los… Read More »Metabolism of Cities in Cucuta, Colombia!
MOC-LLAB at ESRI User Conference 2023 in San Diego, CA!

MOC-LLAB at ESRI User Conference 2023 in San Diego, CA!

The Metabolism of Cities Living Lab, Director, Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Director of the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age, Dr. Ming Hsiang Tsou presented at the ESRI User Conference 2023 in San Diego California to showcase their research on the SDGs along the US-Mexico border entitled “San Diego County’s Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard.”
Primer Foro de Buenas Prácticas Ambientales en la UABC

Primer Foro de Buenas Prácticas Ambientales en la UABC

Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Dr. Alma Beatriz Navarro presented the recently signed SDG MOU collaboration between San Diego State University, Metabolism of Cities Living Lab and the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California on the fight towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals along the US-Mexico border.
SANDAG Coffee and Career Chat – MOC-LLAB

SANDAG Coffee and Career Chat – MOC-LLAB

Dr. Gabriela Fernandez the Director of the Metabolism of Cities Living Lab at SDSU was invited to SANDAG to provide more information about her career journey and the MOC-LLAB.
2020

Citizen Science Projects in 2020

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SDSU Student Research Symposium

Date: Friday, March 1, 2024 | Location: San Diego State University San Diego State University Student Research Symposium 2024 Metabolism of Cities Living Lab Presenter Researchers 1) Name: Lily Eckoff (Undergraduate student, Environmental Science with Focus on Environmental Law and Policy, SDSU) Supervisors: Dr.…

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Metabolism of Cities in Cucuta, Colombia!

Date: September 22, 2023 | Location: Universidad Simon Bolivar de Cucuta, Cucuta, Colombia Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Dr. Domenico Vito presented the “Metabolism of Cities Living Lab research and practices” on Septiembre 22, 2023, at the III Simposio Internacional Doctorado…

MOC-LLAB at ESRI User Conference 2023 in San Diego, CA!

MOC-LLAB at ESRI User Conference 2023 in San Diego, CA!

Date: July 13, 2023, 8:30 am – 9:30 am (PST) | Location: San Diego, California, Room: 28A | SDCC The Metabolism of Cities Living Lab, Director, Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Director of the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile…

Primer Foro de Buenas Prácticas Ambientales en la UABC

Primer Foro de Buenas Prácticas Ambientales en la UABC

Location: Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexicali, Mexico | Date: May 12, 2023 Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Dr. Alma Beatriz Navarro presented the recently signed SDG MOU collaboration between San Diego State University, Metabolism of Cities Living Lab and the…

SANDAG Coffee and Career Chat – MOC-LLAB

SANDAG Coffee and Career Chat – MOC-LLAB

Location: San Diego, CA, San Diego Association of Governments | Date: May 9, 2023 Dr. Gabriela Fernandez the Director of the Metabolism of Cities Living Lab was invited to SANDAG to provide more information about her career journey and the…

2019

Citizen Science Projects in 2019

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SDSU Student Research Symposium

Date: Friday, March 1, 2024 | Location: San Diego State University San Diego State University Student Research Symposium 2024 Metabolism of Cities Living Lab Presenter Researchers 1) Name: Lily Eckoff (Undergraduate student, Environmental Science with Focus on Environmental Law and Policy, SDSU) Supervisors: Dr.…

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Metabolism of Cities in Cucuta, Colombia!

Date: September 22, 2023 | Location: Universidad Simon Bolivar de Cucuta, Cucuta, Colombia Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Dr. Domenico Vito presented the “Metabolism of Cities Living Lab research and practices” on Septiembre 22, 2023, at the III Simposio Internacional Doctorado…

MOC-LLAB at ESRI User Conference 2023 in San Diego, CA!

MOC-LLAB at ESRI User Conference 2023 in San Diego, CA!

Date: July 13, 2023, 8:30 am – 9:30 am (PST) | Location: San Diego, California, Room: 28A | SDCC The Metabolism of Cities Living Lab, Director, Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Director of the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile…

Primer Foro de Buenas Prácticas Ambientales en la UABC

Primer Foro de Buenas Prácticas Ambientales en la UABC

Location: Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexicali, Mexico | Date: May 12, 2023 Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Dr. Alma Beatriz Navarro presented the recently signed SDG MOU collaboration between San Diego State University, Metabolism of Cities Living Lab and the…

SANDAG Coffee and Career Chat – MOC-LLAB

SANDAG Coffee and Career Chat – MOC-LLAB

Location: San Diego, CA, San Diego Association of Governments | Date: May 9, 2023 Dr. Gabriela Fernandez the Director of the Metabolism of Cities Living Lab was invited to SANDAG to provide more information about her career journey and the…

2018

Citizen Science Projects in 2018

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SDSU Student Research Symposium

Date: Friday, March 1, 2024 | Location: San Diego State University San Diego State University Student Research Symposium 2024 Metabolism of Cities Living Lab Presenter Researchers 1) Name: Lily Eckoff (Undergraduate student, Environmental Science with Focus on Environmental Law and Policy, SDSU) Supervisors: Dr.…

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Metabolism of Cities in Cucuta, Colombia!

Date: September 22, 2023 | Location: Universidad Simon Bolivar de Cucuta, Cucuta, Colombia Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Dr. Domenico Vito presented the “Metabolism of Cities Living Lab research and practices” on Septiembre 22, 2023, at the III Simposio Internacional Doctorado…

MOC-LLAB at ESRI User Conference 2023 in San Diego, CA!

MOC-LLAB at ESRI User Conference 2023 in San Diego, CA!

Date: July 13, 2023, 8:30 am – 9:30 am (PST) | Location: San Diego, California, Room: 28A | SDCC The Metabolism of Cities Living Lab, Director, Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Director of the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile…

Primer Foro de Buenas Prácticas Ambientales en la UABC

Primer Foro de Buenas Prácticas Ambientales en la UABC

Location: Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexicali, Mexico | Date: May 12, 2023 Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Dr. Alma Beatriz Navarro presented the recently signed SDG MOU collaboration between San Diego State University, Metabolism of Cities Living Lab and the…

SANDAG Coffee and Career Chat – MOC-LLAB

SANDAG Coffee and Career Chat – MOC-LLAB

Location: San Diego, CA, San Diego Association of Governments | Date: May 9, 2023 Dr. Gabriela Fernandez the Director of the Metabolism of Cities Living Lab was invited to SANDAG to provide more information about her career journey and the…

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