We have two new MoRPh surveys under development to extend the ability of citizen scientists to survey the physical habitat and hydromorphology of water bodies:
- MoRPh Estuaries provides a methodology for assessing the physical condition of the sub-, inter- and supra-tidal zones of estuaries. The MoRPh Estuaries method has been developed in partnership with the Environment Agency, Queen Mary University of London and Thames21. It is currently being piloted with volunteers and professionals on the tidal Thames and other estuaries around the UK. Follow this link to find out more and help trial MoRPh Estuaries.
- MoRPh Canals will assess the physical condition of canals and navigable rivers. We are in discussion to develop new metrics for marginal and riparian habitats in partnership with the Canal & River Trust and Queen Mary University of London. Please note – for most citizen science and professional applications users can still gather valuable canal physical habitats data using the MoRPh Rivers field method.
Other compatible surveys at the piloting stage include:
- Mud Spotter – a free and easy to use app-based citizen science survey ideally suited to rainy days! – or times soon after recent downpours. Mud Spotter gathers evidence of fine sediments entering water courses. Following a short basic training, users will get free access to the Cartographer app and database as part of our Open Research suite of citizen science tools. Follow this link to find out more and sign up to start collecting data using Mud Spotter.
- Wild Invaders – do you want to track progress with tackling invasive species in your local watercourses? Our free Wild Invaders app is now available for tracking problematic plant and animal species appearing in your catchment. Following a short basic training, users will get free access to the Cartographer app and database as part of our Open Research suite of citizen science tools.
Get in touch via our Contact page to find out more about any of these new surveys.