Thriving Earth Exchange

AGU's Thriving Earth Exchange advances community science. We help scientists, community leaders and sponsors work together to solve local challenges. Scientists can engage with a community in two ways:

How It Works

There are four essential steps to take a community science project from idea to implementation.

Active Challenges

Matched teams of scientists and community leaders have scoped a relevant challenge, and are developing and implementing solutions. Find out more.

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

Taking Neighborhood Health to Heart (TNH2H), a collection of five Denver neighborhoods, used the Exchange to further their vision of a healthy neighborhood and build on their 15 years of experience working with public health researchers by looking at the connection between environment and human health. To explore the connection between environmental and human health in their neighborhoods, TNH2H leaders used the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting to meet with over 80 geoscientists. Based on these discussions, TNH2H Community leaders connected with a team of Denver-area atmospheric scientists and civil engineers to develop a community air-quality program.

Five Denver neighborhoods identify air quality as a key concern


World pioneering Mesonet being used in Kentucky to understand local drought


Metal contamination could be causing high cancer rates in local community

Nepali Earthquake Filters for Families Bringing Safe Water To Nepal

Thriving Earth Exchange Project Leader is working to bring filters to those impacted by the Nepali earthquake.


New TEX Blog Tales of Community Science

TEX volunteer Parvathy Prem wrote a blog post on her experience in working with TEX at AGU's Fall Meeting 2014!

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NEW: Interview Seth Kahan and Chris McEntee

Hear what Chris McEntee, the CEO of AGU, has to say about the Thriving Earth Exchange!


Scientist Wanted in Pittsburgh The Thriving Earth Exchange and Rockefeller's 100 Resilient Cities are looking for a scientist to work with!

Find out how your science can match to Pittsburgh's resilience challenges


Advisory Board Update Welcome to our new Advisory Board Members!

A plethora of expertise are captured on the TEX Advisory Board, from sciences, policy and management, international, anthropological, non-profits and more!