Although automatic monitoring systems can provide valuable data to improve our understanding of water, sediment and nutrient fluxes in an ecosystem, implementation of such systems on a larger scale is generally challenging. Especially in low-income countries, where water monitoring is limited through lack of funds and poor infrastructure, alternatives are required. One of these alternatives is involving local communities to collect data, also referred to as crowd-sourced data collection or citizen science.
As part of a research cooperation between the Justus Liebig University, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), and the Lancaster University, this project investigates different aspects of hydrochemical processes in and around the Mau Forest Complex – a unique ecosystem in Kenya. Despite the crowdsourced approach we are using high-resolution measurements of water quality and quantity parameters. Right now, several PhD students are working on this project. Local fieldwork goes hand in hand with a sophisticated data management and several modelling approaches (EMMA, Mean-Transit-Time analysis, Rainfall-Runoff-Modelling, Wavelet-Analysis).
- Weeser, B., J. Stenfert Kroese, S. R. Jacobs, N. Njue, Z. Kemboi, A. Ran, M. C. Rufino, and L. Breuer. 2018. Citizen science pioneers in Kenya – A crowdsourced approach for hydrological monitoring. Science of The Total Environment 631-632:1590–1599. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.03.130
- Weeser, B., Jacobs, S., Breuer, L., Butterbach-Bahl, K., Rufino, M. C.: TransWatL – Crowdsourced water level transmission via short message service within the Sondu River Catchment, Kenya, EGU General Assembly Conference, Vienna, 2016. Poster.
- Jacobs, S., Weeser, B., Breuer, L., Butterbach-Bahl, K., Rufino, M. C.: Identifying the impacts of land use on water and nutrient cycling in the South-West Mau, Kenya, EGU General Assembly Conference, Vienna, 2016. Poster.
- Jacobs, S., Weeser, B., Breuer, L., Butterbach-Bahl, K., Rufino, M. C.: Assessing the Influence of Land Use and Catchment Characteristics on Stream Water Chemistry in the South-West Mau, Kenya, Using Spatial Sampling and High Resolution In-situ Monitoring, AGU Chapman Conference, Cuenca, 2016. Poster.
- Weeser, B., Jacobs, S., Breuer, L., Butterbach-Bahl, K., Rufino, M. C.: Identifying Hydrological Fluxes and Processes within the Sondu Basin, Kenya Using Automatic Measuring Stations and Crowdsourced Data, AGU Chapman Conference, Cuenca, 2016. Poster.