HIKELAB— A CITIZEN SCIENCE SERVICE FOR
THE ABISKO CLIMATE IMPACT RESEARCH STATION
CONNECTED SENSORS IN SERVICE DESIGN.
Many tourists want to know about climate impact research when visiting the climate impact research center in Abisko, a small village within the arctic circle in Sweden.
Resources for research are sparse, that's why the scientists don't have time to engage with the interested visitors. Sometimes it's even hard to visit all the remote sampling spots to do their research.
HikeLab is a service, that connects the needs of both and involves the general public in doing scientific research while learning about climate impact.
Activities developed for different levels of engagement allow hikers to experience elements from geocaching, citizen science and self-guided group safaris.
Connected sensors are well suited to enable the general public to engage in scientific work. By abstracting information on the sampling devices, the samples remain scientific accurate, while the user still learns about climate impact research.