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ClimateWatch is a citizen science initiative that seeks to educate people from across Australia on the issue of climate change and empower them to contribute to solutions. Through the program, users collect phenological data on a range of species and in doing so, help shape the country’s scientific response to climate change. Using a dedicated mobile app and web platform, ClimateWatch is self-directed and can be used by anyone, anywhere in Australia. By incorporating ClimateWatch into curriculum, students and teachers will become more knowledgeable about climate change and its impacts, and inspired to contribute to scientific output and environmental efforts in their daily lives or future career path.

In this unit students use the ClimateWatch app and website to explore relationships between biodiversity and climate change, and investigate the ways that citizen scientists can contribute to the scientific work on these issues.

The lessons in this unit have been developed in partnership with Earthwatch. ClimateWatch was developed by Earthwatch with the Bureau of Meteorology and The University of Melbourne to understand how changes in temperature and rainfall are affecting the seasonal behaviour of Australia’s plants and animals.