Citizen science for water resources management: toward polycentric monitoring and governance?

W. Buytaert, A.R.P.J. Dewulf, B. de Bièvre, J. Clark, D.M. Hannah

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Novel and more affordable technologies are allowing new actors to engage increasingly in the monitoring of hydrological systems and the assessment of water resources. This trend may shift data collection from a small number of mostly formal institutions (e.g., statutory monitoring authorities, water companies) toward a much more dynamic, decentralized, and diverse network of data collectors (including citizens and other non-specialists). Such a move toward a more diverse and polycentric type of monitoring may have important consequences for the generation of knowledge about water resources and the way that this knowledge is used to govern these resources.
Original languageEnglish
Article number01816002
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Water Resources Planning and Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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