Citizen science

The UKSO needs you!

Join our growing community by submitting your own soil data to help us better understand this precious resource. Share information about the soil in your area to help us improve our soil map of the UK.

You can submit data via your smartphone using our mySoil app or from your browser in the UKSO map viewer, let's put citizen science into action and build up a community soils dataset produced by you.

Citizen science

What is citizen science?

Citizen science is a term used for projects in which individual volunteers or networks of volunteers, many of whom may have no specific scientific training, perform or manage research-related tasks such as observation, measurement, or computation.

The use of citizen science networks often allows scientists to accomplish research objectives more feasibly than would otherwise be possible. In addition, these projects aim to promote public engagement with the research, as well as with science in general.

UKSO partners have a wide range of other citizen science projects and would love you to get involved.

We also recommend the UK Environmental Observation Framework guide to citizen science.

Other projects

OPAL Soil and Earthworm Survey - Help improve our knowledge of earthworms and the soils they live in.