Name of the organization/project in the original language:
Centre d'Estudis Avançats de Blanes (CEAB-CSIC)
Name of the organization/project in English:
Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB-CSIC)
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The Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB) is a centre of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), which depends on the Ministry of Education and Science. Founded in October 1985, the CEAB holds research activities on Freshwater and Marine Biology and Ecology, from organism genetic and biochemical make-up to population and ecosystem structure and dynamics.
The general research aims of the CEAB are to identify the diversity of organisms and to understand their functions and interactions in nature, with the eventual application of this knowledge to the rational use and management of the natural resources of our planet and in the forecast of responses to environmental changes.
How are you performing research on Citizen Science, taking part in Citizen Science activities and/or supporting Citizen Science?:
We are currently running a citizens science project and is a research line that we will promote in the future, associated to ecology and environmental sciences.
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Brief description of project:
“Atrapaeltigre.com” started in 2013 as a citizen science pilot project, aimed at exploring alternatives to traditional and costly surveillance programmes for the invasive Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, in Catalonia, northeastern Spain. Since its first detection in 2004 near Barcelona (Aranda et al. 2006), Ae. albopictus has spread southwards along the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Detection patterns suggest a spread in jumps, with Ae. albopictus detected quickly in locations distant from the initial sightings.
Currently, the abundance of Ae. albopictus is very high in some urban areas. Its presence causes direct control costs and non-negligible indirect costs to the touristic and real-estate sectors (Roiz et al 2007b). Due to the high direct costs, no national level surveillance programme has been implemented and control efforts are restricted to specific locations and regions at certain times. Control programmes mainly focus on raising awareness to prevent the accumulation of small containers with stagnant water in urban and private areas.
“Atrapaeltigre.com” is led by a research group on movement ecology (ICREA-Movement Ecology Laboratory, CEAB-CSIC), funded primarily by FECYT (Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology) and supported by different means by an increasing number of other public and private institutions. The project builds on three main pillars: i) face to face training workshops, ii) a multi-purpose on-line space (i.e. the project website, www.atrapaeltigre.com) and iii) a mobile phone App (Tigatrapp), the main participatory element. Using the App, citizens are asked to report adult tiger mosquito sightings and breeding spots that are automatically updated on a web map on the project website. For this, volunteers answer a three questions survey about the mosquito/breeding site characteristics used for data validation purposes, add the location coordinates using either their GPS or selecting a location on a map, and may also voluntarily attach pictures, write accompanying notes and send the dead mosquito specimens by post. Additionally, volunteers can also let their GPS track their movements so that key summertime human mobility data, together with mosquito sightings, can be used to unveil the importance of humans as transport instrument of invasive mosquitoes (e.g. by car trips).