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Open the Book of Nature

English title Open the Book of Nature
Applicant Brönnimann Stefan
Number 139945
Funding scheme Agora
Research institution Geographisches Institut Universität Bern
Institution of higher education University of Berne - BE
Main discipline Environmental Research
Start/End 01.11.2012 - 31.10.2015
Approved amount 245'508.00
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All Disciplines (7)

Discipline
Environmental Research
Ecology
Climatology. Atmospherical Chemistry, Aeronomy
Botany
Other disciplines of Environmental Sciences
Zoology
Agricultural and Forestry Sciences

Keywords (10)

Saisonalität; seasonality; Phänologie; phenology; Jahreszeiten; climate change; Klimawandel; environmental change; Umweltveränderungen; citizen science

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Im «Citizen Science»-Projekt sammeln und diskutieren Wissenschaftler und interessierte Laien gemeinsam Beobachtungen von Klimafolgen und Umweltveränderungen auf einer virtuellen Plattform. Die Daten bestehen aus vorgegebenen, definierten Beobachtungen und Messungen sowie aus Bildern von Pflanzen, Tieren, Landschaften und Klimaextremen. Die Projektpartner aus der Wissenschaft steuern, im Gegenzug Wissen und Interpretationen bei.
Lay summary

Das Wissenschaftskommunikationsprojekt «Open the Book of Nature» setzt auf Bürgerwissenschaftlerinnen und -wissenschaftler. Es will interessierte Laien motivieren, bei der Beobachtung der Jahreszeiten mitzumachen und ihre eigenen systematisch zu erfassen und zu teilen. Räumlich weit verbreitete und zeitlich präzis datierte und hoch aufgelöste Umweltbeobachtungen sind die Grundlage für die Erforschung des Klimawandels und den dazugehörigen Umweltveränderungen. «Open the Book of Nature» schafft eine Webseite zur Datenerhebung und -darstellung sowie eine Social Media-Seite für weiterführende Diskussionen. Eine passende Smartphone-Applikation ist geplant.

Schleichende Veränderungen leicht verständlich sichtbar machen

Klima- und Umweltveränderungen sind zwei der wichtigsten Herausforderungen unserer Gesellschaft. Der Weg zu verantwortlichem und nachhaltigem Handeln führt auch über das Bewusstwerden dieser Veränderungen. Der schleichende Wandel des Klimas kann direkt nicht wahrgenommen werden – die Impakts auf die Umwelt hingegen schon, wie der Gletscherrückgang beispielhaft zeigt.

«Open the Book of Nature» entsteht in enger Zusammenarbeit mit vielen klima- und umweltwissenschaftlichen Institutionen der Schweiz, mit der Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz SCNAT sowie dem Kompetenzzentrum für den Bereich Dialog der Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz «Science et Cité».


Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 25.10.2012

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Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
GLOBE Schweiz Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Science et Cité Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Universität Zürich, Hydrology and Climate Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
USA-NPN United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
SWE-NPN Sweden (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Talks/events/exhibitions Talk "OpenNature, Citizen Science, Seasons", University of Zurich German-speaking Switzerland 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) "Jahreszeiten-Expeditionen: Die Nature entdecken in der Stadt" SCNAT Newsletter Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: radio, television «OpenNature.ch» - Hobbyforscher auf den Spuren der Klimaerwärmung SRF Rendez-vous am Mittag German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions Ala-Kurs II: Meldeplattformen für Naturbeobachtungen German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Als Laie einen Beitrag zur Forschung leisten Nordwestschweiz German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Augen auf! CITIZEN SCIENCE: WENN ALLE WISSEN SCHAFFEN UMWELT, Bafu German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland Italian-speaking Switzerland 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions Ausstellung «Forschung live», Installation Gegenwart Western Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Bevölkerung forscht mit 20 Minuten German-speaking Switzerland 2015
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Book of Nature ETH Grassland Sciences German-speaking Switzerland 2015
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Climat Impact Science with Citizens Giubler German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Dein Beitrag für die Wissenschaft: OpenNature http://naturschutz.ch German-speaking Switzerland 2015
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Den Jahreszeiten auf der Spur ProClim News Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2015
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Forschen Sie mit! SCNAT Newsletter Rhaeto-Romanic Switzerland Italian-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2015
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Gespräch mit Stefan Brönnimann, Professor für Klimatologie, über OpenNature.ch Uni Bern Corporate Communications German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Internet-Plattform für Naturfans Walliser-Bote German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions Jahreszeiten-Expedition Aarau German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions Jahreszeiten-Expedition Basel German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions Jahreszeiten-Expedition Bern German-speaking Switzerland 2015
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Jahreszeiten-Expedition in St. Gallen Facebook German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions Jahreszeiten-Expedition St. Gallen German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions Jahreszeiten-Expedition Zürich German-speaking Switzerland 2015
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Jahreszeiten-Expeditionen: Naturphänomene mitten in der Stadt beobachten SNF Blog German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland International 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Jeder kann ein Forscher sein NZZ am Sonntag German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Laien helfen Forschern St. Galler Tagblatt German-speaking Switzerland 2015
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Laienforscher gesucht Naturschutzverein Münchenbuchsee German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Laienforscher können ihre Beobachtungen ins Netz stellen, online Berner Zeitung German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Laienforscher können ihre Beobachtungen ins Netz stellen, print German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Mit «OpenNature» können alle forschen ProClim Flash German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Naturfans können ihre Beobachtungen ins Netz stellen Berner Oberländer German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Neue Internet-Plattform für Naturfans und Gelegenheitsforscher SDA German-speaking Switzerland 2015
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Open Nature eine neue Website der Uni Bern und ETH Zürich Sturmforum German-speaking Switzerland 2015
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) OpenNature www.naturwissenschaften.ch/jahreszeiten German-speaking Switzerland 2015
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) OpenNature - new citizen science project MRI Newsflash German-speaking Switzerland 2015
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) OpenNature, die nationale Citizen Science-Webplattform zur Erfassung von Naturbeobachtungen youtube Western Switzerland Rhaeto-Romanic Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland International Italian-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Plattform für die Naturfans Bieler Tagblatt German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions Plattform Naturwissenschaften und Region NWR, Präsidentenkonferenz, Referat German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland Italian-speaking Switzerland Rhaeto-Romanic Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Portal für Hobbyforscher persoenlich.ch German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Potenzial der Masse Blickwinkel German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Other activities Press release "Der junge Einstein und die Hummeln in Aarau", Aarau German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Other activities Press release "Die Linden in Zürich – Ort für Versammlungen und Klimaindikatoren", Zürich German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Other activities Press release "Pflanzenkalender im Häuserdschungel", St. Gallen German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Other activities Press release "Wolken als Wetterorakel und Rosskastanien als Klimaindikatoren", Bern German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Other activities Press release: University of Bern Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions Pressekonferenz «Forschung live!», Bern, Kurzreferat Western Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Schweizer Forscher bitten Naturfans um Mithilfe Tierwelt German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions ScienceComm'15, poster German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2015, poster German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Uni Bern sucht Hobbyforscher, online Newsnet / Der Bund German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Uni Bern sucht Hobbyforscher, print Der Bund German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: radio, television Uni Bern sucht Naturfans zur Erforschung des Klimas SRF Regionaljournal BE-FR-VS German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Wissenschaft zum Mitmachen Unipress Uni Bern German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions InfoSpecies Mini-Symposium, Referat German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland 2014
Talks/events/exhibitions ScienceComm'14, poster German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland 2014
Talks/events/exhibitions Botanica 2013, Bern, Referat German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Talks/events/exhibitions ScienceComm'13, poster German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland 2013
Talks/events/exhibitions Swiss Global Change Day 2013, Poster German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland 2013
Other activities Schulbesuch Kanti Olten, Referat German-speaking Switzerland 2012
Talks/events/exhibitions ScienceComm'12, Referat German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland 2012

Abstract

The communication project «Open the Book of Nature» creates a stage for interaction between scientists and citizens in order to raise awareness and understanding of the impacts of climate and environmental change in Switzerland. The website «Book-of-Nature» will involve the public through participation and discussion. Applying a «Citizen science» approach to climate change impacts, the audience will collect field observations and photographs in four Chapters (plants, animals, landscapes, climate) and scientists in return provide observation guidelines and scientific information to the public. The project «Open the Book of Nature» will raise awareness by - animating persons with little access to science to explore their environment with simple methods- educating these persons about impacts of climate and environmental change in Switzerland- engaging these persons in discussions and making them part of a scientific process that involves leading Swiss scientists and leading Swiss research institutions. The project «Open the Book of Nature» will deliver A)a collaboration concept to assure widely-supported features, technical compatibilityB)a website «Book-of-Nature» including a content management system with efficient editorial information handling C)a social media site for presenting information and fostering discussionsThe project is structured in three annual time slices: to develop the final concept and naming and coordinate with existing national and international programs (year 1), prototyping phase with implementation phase and internal testing phase (year 2), and public launch with evaluation and testing phase (year 3).In this project a well-established network of climate change researchers is supported by communication experts in print and Web-content journalism, as well as by internet graphic and technical designers. «Open the Book of Nature» builds on strong existing partnerships in Switzerland under the auspices of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences SCNAT and the Federal Department of Environment (FOEN).
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