Two Faith Lutheran College Students and one Kapunda Primary School student, through their involvement in the Southern Barossa Scouts group, worked together to enter and subsequently win a Citizen Science Competition during Geoscience Australia week in 2018.
Two years later the students have been acknowledged by NASA as major contributors to the research.
Project Manager for Place Space and Communities Division of Geoscience Australia, John Pring commented the following:
“The scout citizen science team of Mitchell, Samual and Josh showed a commendable dedication to documenting the vegetation they encountered in their travels as part of the competition. Their efforts have resulted in a significant contribution to the establishment of a ground cover (vegetation) reference data set for Australia within the GLOBE Observer open access database. This reference data will support such activities as validation of remotely sensed imagery.
Their efforts and the significance of their contribution was further acknowledged by their inclusion as contributing authors on the peer-reviewed scientific paper.
Their fellow authors noted that their spread of observations, both spatially and across environments, indicated an advanced understanding of the intent of the data’s use.”