Get started with FieldScope
Learn about FieldScope on this page and then select from one of the existing projects to explore or join (find a list of projects here). Projects currently in progress investigate topics such as water quality, phenology, and environmental restoration. More organizations are launching their citizen science projects in FieldScope, so check back often. Participation is free and does not require any software installation. Once you have joined a project, simply start adding observations to the map as you collect them.
Who can participate?
There are many ways to participate with FieldScope! Working with an online, interactive mapping application can be a rich geographic experience for anyone interested in exploring and understanding the world.
For over 125 years, National Geographic has explored and documented the farthest corners of the planet. FieldScope is an interactive mapping platform that extends the tools of exploration and investigation to everyday science enthusiasts. This digital tool enables citizen scientists to document and understand the world around them––both in the classroom and in outdoor settings.
Using FieldScope, enthusiasts work together to share, analyze, and interpret data. Overlaying that data on a geographic mapping tool such as FieldScope helps to identify larger trends and answer important research questions.
Since 2008, organizations have used FieldScope to engage citizen scientists in documenting and studying topics such as water quality and biodiversity. Fieldscope is also a simple way for organizations to publish their existing data, making valuable information available to the public in an easy-to-use interface.
Citizen science occurs when the general public participates in the process of scientific observations. From monitoring the migration of birds, to recording bee populations, and even identifying new galaxies in space, citizen scientists can provide an important and large network, serving as eyes and ears in the field. Modern day technologies such as FieldScope makes it easy for individuals take part in science through data collection and analysis. With FieldScope, citizen scientists can engage in activities such as: