Thriving Earth Exchange

The Thriving Earth Exchange advances community science. We help scientists, community leaders and sponsors work together to solve local challenges related to natural hazards, natural resources and climate change.

Discover community science projects

Learn from examples, add to discussions, propose solutions, fund a project, or give your time.

Leaders of the Barren River Development District used the Thriving Earth Exchange to improve water management in their region. Before working with the exchange, water managers had to rely on statewide data that often didn’t accurately reflect local conditions. County leaders worked with the Exchange to pose an open challenge, and are now working with the winning team to develop new tools and leverage a dense, local network of surface weather stations.

Open: Drought Identification on a Meso-scale

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.

Open: White Earth Nation Water Quality

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.

Open: Taking Neighbourhood Health to Heart


Completed: Looking for Soil Scientists


Completed: How Many Ways Can Climate Science Data be Used?


Story: Weather Forecasting in India and Bangladesh


Story: Giving Local Experts New Tools


Completed: Do you have long term goals for efficiency?

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?


Do you want to apply your science to a community goal? Are you looking to discuss ideas with others? Are you looking to fund a community science project?


Are you interested in community science? Do you want to work with communities and scientists?

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.

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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