The main aim of BAYSICS (Bavarian Citizen Science Information Platform for Climate Research and Science Communication) project is to bring students, scientists and citizens of all ages together to observe and analyze the surrounding nature and effects of climate change in Bavaria, Germany. The project was initialized through the cooperation of the Technical University of Munich, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (LRZ), Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences, University of Augsburg, University of Regensburg, and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich in 2018, sponsored by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts in the context of the Bavarian Climate Research Network (bayklif). LRZ is responsible for developing the IT infrastructure of the project. Within the project, BAYSICS web portal (www.portal.baysics.de) plays a main role enabling the data submission by citizens on main four research topics of the project: The “Plants” research topic uses plant phenology to identify climate change impacts, “Allergenic Species” examines climate-induced variations in pollen loads, “Tree lines” focuses on the elevation limits of tree species in mountainous areas to examine climate change impacts, and “Animals” examines changes in the distribution and behavior of animals inside and outside cities under climate change. The data submitted is made available on BAYSICS web portral under CC-BY license.
The BAYSICS project is sponsored by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts in the context of the Bavarian Climate Research Network (bayklif).
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