Welcome to the Community Mapping Site for the Indian River Lagoon. Over the last few years, we have worked to understand more about the Indian River Lagoon from community members, organizations, and citizen scientists.  The map below shares results of this data collection input where valued members of the community shared their own knowledge about the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). We used online mapping from citizen scientists to understand a) what motivates an individual to develop a strong sense of place or emotional attachment to the IRL and b) where such motivations occur throughout the IRL.

The Work was driven by this research question: Why are particular places in the Indian River Lagoon meaningful to people, and how can this sense of place inform restoration?


Participants were instructed to engage with the mapping site, and then zoom in to their place of interest. Participants used the mapping form to add location(s) that were meaningful to them. Once they added a location to the map, they were asked some questions related to the location they mapped.  The map was based on their knowledge of the Indian River Lagoon.

After viewing the data on the mapping application, please share with your community friends, organizations, or colleagues, and use the hashtag #citizensciencegis. We will be sharing our project results here around May/June 2020.

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Disclaimers: This project is funded by National Science Foundation Coupled Natural-Human Systems Program Award #1617374.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Questions: If you have questions about the community mapping project, please contact Dr. Timothy Hawthorne at University of Central Florida at timothy.hawthorne@ucf.edu.  If you have questions about the National Science Foundation project in the IRL, please contact Dr. Linda Walters at University of Central Florida at 407.823.2148 or linda.walters@ucf.edu.


Click here if you’d like to read the National Science Foundation Abstract of Award for this project.

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