Project Noah

Project Noah’s objective is to provide a platform for people worldwide to share pictures and insights of flora and fauna in their natural environment, teaching people to appreciate the diversity of local and global wildlife. Project Noah began in 2010 at New York University as an experiment for citizen scientists to collect data on butterflies via their mobile phones. Observations documented by citizen scientists come in the form of photos of flora and fauna in their natural environment, geotagged to the location of the picture. The citizen scientist can add information on the photo or call on the Project Noah community, which spans 150 countries worldwide, to help identify and add information on their observations. Each citizen scientist also has a curated journal where they can see the wildlife logs and photos they have contributed to their community, so that they are able to visualize and track their own contribution to documenting global biodiversity. Their ultimate goal is to “build the go-to platform for documenting all the world’s organisms” and provide a vast collection of ecological data to better monitor, understand, and protect the natural environment. So far, there is a collection of over 825,000 wildlife sightings, 1.5 million geotagged photos, and 350,000 nature journals. 


Biodiversity, Citizen Science