ClimateWatch in parks
ClimateWatch in Parks - A new partnership in climate change adaptation
Parks Victoria and Earthwatch Australia have enjoyed a partnership of working together over many years. Our collaborations have included conservation research projects and the annual staff study Earthwatch Expedition Award. We are now extending the partnership to work together to gather important knowledge about the effects of climate change.
Parks Victoria and Earthwatch Australia are partnering to help gather important knowledge about the effects of climate change. The partnership will bring park visitors, nature enthusiasts, students, contractors, park staff and the general public together with climate change scientists through Earthwatch’s national program: ClimateWatch.
What is ClimateWatch?
ClimateWatch is a national citizen science program created in 2009 by Earthwatch, the Bureau of Meteorology and the University of Melbourne. As the first continental phenology project in the Southern Hemisphere, ClimateWatch enables every Australian to be involved in collecting and recording data that will help shape the country’s scientific response to climate change.
Changes in Victoria’s rainfall and temperature driven by global climate change will result in our plants and animals adapting by altering where they live, feed and their phenology (flowering, fruiting, breeding, etc).
ClimateWatch users can record the location, behaviour and site attributes for over 150 marine and terrestrial species through the ClimateWatch website, iPhone application or Android application. Anybody can participate in ClimateWatch. Sightings can be made anywhere, anytime.
The data collected by ClimateWatch will contribute to a national database that can be freely accessed by researchers and the public. The data will also be lodged with the Atlas of Living Australia: www.ala.org.au. Feedback and results can be obtained through the ClimateWatch website, e-newsletters and promotional material created by Earthwatch.
How can you become involved?
By downloading the ClimateWatch app you can record observations directly into your smartphone. Over time these regular observations collected under ClimateWatch will contribute to tracking trends and changes. This information will assist scientists and land managers in developing climate change adaptation plans to respond to climate change impacts.
Our parks provide ideal locations in which to assess the impacts of climate change as they provide scientists with areas that contrast to developed urban or rural areas. Incorporating sightings from many locations, each with different climatic and geographic conditions, allows for more accurate scientific assessments.
Over time, Parks Victoria will be designating "ClimateWatch trails"” at a number of parks. Similar trails have been developed at a wide range of locations across Australia.
This Climatewatch partnership with Earthwatch is a great opportunity for you to personally engage in long term climate change research by recording your observations of nature. ClimateWatch is part of a growing Citizen Science program in Parks Victoria to engage and include community knowledge to inform management.
For further information on ClimateWatch visit: www.climatewatch.org.au.
You can download the ClimateWatch app at: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/climatewatch/id504472919?mt=8
12 Feb 2014
It’s been another successful Summer by the Sea holiday program at Foster and Wilsons Promontory, thanks to the efforts of Parks Victoria’s Summer Rangers. The seasonal program is designed to engage and educate through show-casing the local marine environment. It is run in partnership with the Department of Environment and…
15 Mar 2014 9:00am - 16 Mar 2014 5:00pm
The Back to Steiglitz community art group will have an exhibition in St Paul's church, Steiglitz. There will be 4 artists displaying their works in a variety of mediums and styles. Historic buildings will be open to the public. The Back to Steiglitz group will provide food and drinks for…
16 Mar 2014 2:00pm-4:00pm
To celebrate Cultural Diversity Week Mornington Peninsula Shire and Parks Victoria invites you to a screening of Alias Ruby Blade - A story of love and revolution The acclaimed documentary film follows Kirsty Sword Gusmao who aspired to be a filmmaker and instead became a revolutionary. Whilst working for the…
23 Mar 2014 9:00am-3:00pm
Help create koala habitat and learn about koalas. Enjoy a day helping Koalas in the wild. Search for koalas, monitor their behaviour, remove weeds from their habitat and take records of all other wildlife seen, all in the company of a highly experienced Koala Researcher. Part of the day is…
23 Mar 2014 11:00am-3:30pm
Live.Grow.Explore. Community Day brings community together to explore their broader backyard and to learn more about sustainable lifestyle choices in one of Melbourne's most extensive landcare and reinvigoration corridors. This FREE family event and BBQ lunch showcases many sustainable education stalls. The day includes Vasili Kanidiadis of Vasilis Garden to…
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The Mt Zero area in Grampians National Park has re-opened in time for the long w...The Mt Zero area in Grampians National Park has re-opened in time for the long weekend to provide visitors with a walking experience in the Northern Grampians. Many areas in the park are now open after the fire in January. Full details here http://ow.ly/ukBMTView post | Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17.11
Thanks to all our Facebook friends who have sent in their favourite park photos...Thanks to all our Facebook friends who have sent in their favourite park photos this week to help inspire your next park visit. Enjoy your local parks and beyond this long weekend to help celebrate the end of Parks Week.Friends Parks Week photosThanks to all our Facebook friends who have sent in their favourite park photos this week to help inspire your next park visit. Enjoy your local parks and beyond this long weekend to help celebrate the end of Parks Week.View post | Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13.45