EGU23-12615, updated on 26 Feb 2023
EGU General Assembly 2023
© Author(s) 2023. This work is distributed under
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Exploring practical citizen science in China 

Xudong Zhou1,13, Luwen Wan2,13, Jingyu Lin3,13, Manqing Shao4,13, Sifang Feng5,12,13, Beichen Zhang6,13, Yuanhao Xu7,13, Yuxin Li8,13, Yuan Liu9,13, Ming Liu10,13, Libo Wang5,13, and Xingyan Tan9,11,13
Xudong Zhou et al.
  • 1Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2Michigan State University, Michigan, USA
  • 3School of Ecology, Environment and Resources, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou, China (
  • 4Texas A&M University, Texas, USA
  • 5College of Water Sciences, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
  • 6University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, USA
  • 7Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai, China
  • 8Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China
  • 9Department of Water Resources, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, Beijing, China
  • 10College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, China
  • 11Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (
  • 12Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany
  • 13Hydro90 Research Community

The development of citizen science is still at a very early stage in China. There are three primary reasons: 1. The government has strict data collection and sharing regulations. 2. There are very limited official leading groups, guidelines, and financial support on citizen science. 3. The public still lacks enthusiasm and basic training in citizen science. However, given the large population, increasing educational level of the society, and the help of new technologies, we can see a bright future for citizen science in China. We need to be prepared for that.

Hydro90 is a bottom-to-top established scientific community within the field of hydrology and earth science. It shares the latest academic research, broadcasts latest news, and organizes lectures, webinars, and workshops. It aims to enhance the communication among scholars, and between scholars and the public, especially among the young ages. It has been run for almost three years, with around 20,000 followers on the social media platform. However, we are still exploring how to promote citizen science in China. We want to share our recent experiences and efforts to overcome the current barriers in citizen science in the EGU. We are also looking forward to the great suggestions from European communities.

How to cite: Zhou, X., Wan, L., Lin, J., Shao, M., Feng, S., Zhang, B., Xu, Y., Li, Y., Liu, Y., Liu, M., Wang, L., and Tan, X.: Exploring practical citizen science in China , EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-12615,, 2023.