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

New TEX Blog Why are we so into community science?

Find out the 10 reasons to love community science!

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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!


Did You Miss… The Thriving Earth Exchange Poster at the Citizen Science Conference?

Our participatory community science poster is now available to view!


Project Update Watch our 'Climate Hour: Ask the Expert'

Watch Dr. Karim-Aly Kassam provide an introduction to the Pamir Mountains challenge and answer questions from the audience

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What’s New? Community Challenges are Looking for Scientists!

As part of our new partnership with 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, community challenges are looking for scientists across the globe!