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Bridging Top-Down and Bottom-Up Environmental Monitoring

New project -supported paper in BioScience by Finn Danielsen of consortium partner NORDECO and colleagues.


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We are pleased to share the publication of an insightful paper in BioScience by Finn Danielsen of consortium partner NORDECO and colleagues.

By comparing global programmes with community-based programs in the Artic, the research examines how integrating large-scale, top-down monitoring with local, community-driven (bottom-up) approaches can significantly enhance environmental observation and decision-making. 


Their findings indicate that combining large-scale satellite and sensor data with community-based observations allows for more comprehensive and effectuve environmental monitoring. 


The authors review 124 global programs and 30 Arctic community-based monitoring initiatives. These case studies illustrate that benefits of integrated monitoring can include improved data accuracy, increased community engagement, and enhanced policy relevance.


The paper discusses challenges, such as aligning objectives between different monitoring scales, respecting Indigenous knowledge systems, and ensuring adequate organizational support. The authors propose solutions that include fostering collaboration between scientists and local communities, and developing frameworks that incorporate diverse data sources.

Ultimately, the authors advocate for policies that support the co-production of knowledge and value the contributions of local communities.


Delve deeper into these findings by reading the whole paper here



American Institute of Biological Sciences

BioScience is a peer-reviewed, monthly journal published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). It features research articles, reviews, and essays that cover a wide range of biological disciplines, including ecology, evolution, genetics, and environmental science. The journal aims to provide comprehensive overviews of current biological research and policy issues, catering to both researchers and educators.




BioScience is known for its interdisciplinary approach, connecting scientific discoveries with broader societal and environmental implications. It serves as a key resource for the latest developments and trends in the biological sciences.


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