Opportunistic citizen science data transform understanding of species distributions, phenology, and diversity gradients for global change research

  title={Opportunistic citizen science data transform understanding of species distributions, phenology, and diversity gradients for global change research},
  author={Peter Soroye and Najeeba Ibrahim Ahmed and Jeremy T. Kerr},
  journal={Global Change Biology},
  pages={5281 - 5291}
Opportunistic citizen science (CS) programs allow volunteers to report species observations from anywhere, at any time, and can assemble large volumes of historic and current data at faster rates than more coordinated programs with standardized data collection. This can quickly provide large amounts of species distributional data, but whether this focus on participation comes at a cost in data quality is not clear. Although automated and expert vetting can increase data reliability, there is no… 

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