Thriving Earth Exchange

AGU's Thriving Earth Exchange advances community science. We help scientists, community leaders and sponsors work together to solve local environmental science challenges.

Our Featured Projects

We have projects looking for funding and experts in order to take their community science initiative to the next stage!


Help small-scale farmers adapt to climate change


Metal contamination could be causing high cancer rates in local community


World pioneering Mesonet being used in Kentucky to understand local drought

White Earth Nation Community College, on the White Earth Nation in Northern Minnesota, was looking for user-friendly and low cost ways to monitor local water quality. The quality of water is crucial to the tribe, because of the cultural and economic importance of wild rice. College leaders used the Exchange to connect with a group of local, culturally aware scientists and are working with them to design a water quality monitoring protocol and data management system, and crowd fund easy-to-use sampling kits.

Tribal members want to understand the chemistry of the lakes they depend on

Tools and Resources Weather Forecasting in India and Bangladesh

A brief account on effective communication as a tool for saving lives in natural disasters

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Tools and Resources Giving Local Experts New Tools

A note on externships in tribal colleges


Tools and Resources Introduction to Thriving Earth Exchange

Watch our introductory videos on doing good with science.

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Tools and Resources Participatory Action Research

A Toolkit for Participatory Action Research from the community development project, including case studies, activities and tools


Tools and Resources Disaster Mitigation: A Community Based Approach

Andrew Maskrey highlights disaster mitigation on a community-scale

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Tools and Resources Community Toolkit

This is a comprehensive collection of toolkits and webpages with content related to community science, partnership building and collaborative research. From learning how to build relationships within a community to developing strategies and plans for your research, this website is like an encyclopedia for all things community science.


Tools and Resources Community-Driven Research in the Anthropocene

Written by Rajul Pandya, the Thriving Earth Exchange Program Director, this article provides brief technical insight on community science in the Anthropocene


Start a Project

The Thriving Earth Exchange can take your project from idea to implementation

Community Leader

Have you identified a community need? Are you looking to collaborate with scientists? Are you keen to find a sponsor to partner with?


Are you a scientist wanting to provide expertise or time? Are you willing to work with a community to solve local challenges?


Are you interested in sponsoring a community science project? Are you already investing in community-led environmental projects?