The primary goal of the Citizen Science for Earth Systems Program (CSESP) is to develop and implement capabilities to augment and enhance NASA scientific data and capacity through voluntary observations, interpretations, or other direct participation by members of the general public to advance understanding of the Earth as a system. The program complements NASA's capability of observing Earth globally from space, air, land, and water by engaging the public in NASA's strategic goals in Earth Science (see https://science.nasa.gov/about-us/science-strategy).
The program aims to advance the use of citizen science in scientific research about Earth by directly supporting citizen science activities, as well as by deploying technology to further citizen science research. This program element is a follow on to the 2016 CSESP ROSES Program element for which the funded projects are described on the Citizen Science for Earth Systems Program page. While much of the focus of the original program element has remained, the new program element also includes an option to propose to analyze and interpret legacy NASA-supported citizen science data. For the purposes of this program element, NASA citizen science data means data that were collected by citizen scientists and that were derived from a NASA-funded citizen science project, or citizen science data hosted directly on a NASA data system, or citizen science data that are directly used to calibrate or validate NASA Earth observation data.
- Mandatory NOI: August 4, 2020
- Proposals: September 11, 2020