Update May 2018
From 19 to 30 March 2018 another stay in Mexico / Tulum took place. During this time, a series of activities and events around the World Water Day 2018 were scheduled, mainly initiated / organized by our partner Amigos de Sian Ka'an in schools and public spaces. The small Citizen Science project was also presented on the occasion. As it turned out, the project's content and objectives fit perfectly into the growing diversity of local activities as an expression of increasing public attention for the groundwater issue in Tulum ...
The problem: advancing research on a complex groundwater regime with the help of citizens
In Tulum there is a 10 years (2016) long scientific collaboration of the NGO Amigos the Sian Kaan, dedicated to te preservation of the natural and cutural heritage of the region, and the Geological Survey of Austria, namely its department for geophysics, conducting eg. spectacular AEM-helicopter scanning of the hidden groundwater rivers as seen in the image above. However, critical findings hide in the scientific community with little effect on the public awarness of citizens and decisionmakers about value and violability of the unique water resource. Moreover, citizen could help in advancing the fascinating research - but how to put this together? Click to learn ... » more
The solution: 'public water monitoring'
Extending the input data set for hydrogeological modeling as well as raising public awareness is both achieved by involving the citizens of Tulum in the concept of a public water monitoring network based on citizen science measurement teams, in other words: with essential help of the local population reached through schools, public information events and internet. The implementation and operation of this network is done in close cooperation with the partner Amigos de Sian Kaan.
Who and how to participate ?
Everyone can join!
All citizens are invited to impressive presentations about the vast groundwater system, the dynamics and life in it, related research projects, exploration diving and the important help they can contribute in the public monitoring. » more