The European Research Council has awarded a highly competitive Consolidator Grant to Steffen Fritz, leader and conceiver of IIASA’s citizen science project, Geo-Wiki. The €1.4 million grant will help take the team’s research from the computer to the real world, building a network of citizen scientists to provide in situ data on land cover and land use in Austria, Kenya, and Tanzania, using mobile apps and Geo-Wiki. Understanding where cropland is located is important for future food production as well as for monitoring environmental changes such as deforestation  .
 See L, Schepaschenko D, Lesiv M, McCallum I, Fritz S, Perger C, Vakolyuk M, Schepaschenko M, van der Velde M, Kraxner F, Obersteiner M et al. (2014). Building a hybrid land cover map with crowdsourcing and geographically weighted regression. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.
 See L, Fritz S, McCallum I (2014). Satellite data: Beyond sharing Earth observations. Nature, 514(7521):168.
Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, Kenya
Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya
The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), Kenya
Kenya Climate Prediction and Applications Center, Kenya
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Austria
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Djibouti
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya
Austrian Environmental Agency, Austria
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