GROW Outputs

Grow Observatory Outputs

Find here GROW outputs including key achievements and publications.

Summary Report

Summary report with details on GROW outcomes and impacts, including all 17 key achievements.

Key Achievements

Citizens’ Observatory Framework

1 GROW Framework – A model for future Citizens’ Observatories

2 Sustainability pathway for Citizens’ Observatories

3 Tools for collaborative Citizens’ Observatories


Citizens’ Observatory Data and Integration

4 GROW Sensing Network

5 Integration with global Earth Observation systems

6 Validation of Sentinel-1 satellites 

7 Validation of regenerative growing practices

8 Gridded soil moisture models from GROW data


Information Services

9 GROW Dynamic Soil Moisture Maps

10 Plan My Water information service

11 Crop advice and edible plant database

12 Open data innovation with SMEs

13 GROW artist residency and art commission


Social Innovation

14 A European Wide Community for Climate Action

15 Online Social Learning

16 Real impacts on resource use and sustainable practices

17 Contributions to Policy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals 

Academic Papers

Journal Papers

Kovács, K. Z., Hemment, D., Woods, M., et al. (2019). Citizen observatory based soil moisture monitoring – the GROW example. Hungarian Geographical Bulletin (Vol. 68, No. 2). p. 119-139. DOI: 10.15201/hungeobull.68.2.2.


Peer Reviewed Reports

Hemment, D., Ajates Gonzalez, R., Woods, M., Long, D., Giesen, R. and Cobley, A. (2017). GROW Citizens Observatory Framework. GROW Observatory H2020 Report. European Commission. 55 p.


Conference Proceedings

Woods, M., Hemment, D.,  Ajates Gonzalez, R., Cobley, A., Xaver, A. (2019). GROW Citizens’ Observatory: Leveraging the power of citizens, open data and technology to generate engagement, innovative datasets and action on soil policy and soil moisture monitoring. Digital Earth Conference Proceedings, ISDE11 “IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science. (Peer Reviewed Conference Paper).

Ajates Gonzalez, R., Woods, M., Hemment, D., Georgiadis, P., Philip, D. (2019). Fostering transformation through citizen science: The case of GROW Citizens’ Observatory. Paper presented at Transformations 2019, Santiago, Chile, 16/10/19 – 18/10/19. (Peer Reviewed Conference Paper)

Woods, M., Ajates Gonzalez, R. and Hemment, D., 2019. Design for Climate Services: A Co-Design Approach. Academy for Design Innovation Management Conference 2019, London, 18th-21st June 2019. (Peer Reviewed Workshop Report) – Award Winner.

Hemment, D., Woods, M., Ajates Gonzalez, R., Cobley, A. and Xaver, A., (2019). Enhancing collective intelligence through citizen science: The case of the GROW citizens’ observatory. International Collective Intelligence Conference, Pittsburgh, 13-14th June 2019. (Extended Abstract and Interactive Poster).

Hemment, D., Woods, M. and Ajates Gonzalez, R., 2018. Massive Online Open Citizen Science: Use of MOOCs to scale rigorous Citizen Science training and participation. In COWM 2018 Proceedings: Citizen Observatories for Natural Hazards and Water Management. (Peer Reviewed Conference Paper). https://doi.org/10.20933/100001122.


Conference Posters, Picos and Workshops – Peer Reviewed

Hemment, D., Woods, M., Ajates Gonzalez, R. (2019). Communicating the transformative power of soils through citizen science, satellite validation and data art. Transformations 2019, Santiago, Chile. (Poster).

Woods, M., Ajates Gonzalez, R., Hemment, D., Georgiadis, P., Philip, D. (2019). Converting communities into agents of transformation: the case of the GROW Citizens’ Observatory. Transformations 2019, Santiago, Chile. (Poster)

Hemment, D, Woods, M, Ajates Gonzalez, R & Georgiadis, P 2019, ‘GROW food. GROW soil. GROW science’, , Transformations 2019, Santiago, Chile. (Video Session)

Woods, M, Hemment, D, Ajates Gonzalez, R & Coulson, S 2019, ‘One-day Workshop: Imagining the transformative future of Citizen Observatories to leverage the power of open data, technology and citizen science’ Transformations 2019, Santiago, Chile. (Peer reviewed workshop)

Woods, M., Hemment, D., Ajates Gonzalez, R. and Bromley, S., 2019. Design for Climate Services: A Co-Design Approach – Workshop, Academy for Design Innovation Management Conference 2019, London, 18th-21st June 2019. (Peer reviewed workshop)

Woods, M., Hemment, D., Ajates Gonzalez, R.; presenter: Cobley, A.,  A Participant-Centred Model for Citizen Observatories at Scale. Poster presentation, European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, 7-12th Apr 2019. (Peer reviewed poster)

Woods, M., Hemment, D., Ajates Gonzalez, R. (2019). A Participant-Centred Model for Citizen Observatories at Scale. in Geophysical Research Abstracts. vol. 21, EGU2019-18970, European Geosciences Union, EGU General Assembly 2019, Vienna, Austria, 7/04/19. (Peer reviewed poster)

Hemment, D., Woods, M. and Ajates Gonzalez, R., 2018, Massive Open Online Citizen Science: Use of MOOCs to scale rigorous Citizen Science training and participation. Citizen Observatories for Natural Hazards & Water Management, Venice, 27-30th Nov 2018. (Peer reviewed poster)

Hemment, D., Woods, M., Ajates Gonzalez, R. (2018). Use of MOOCs to scale rigorous Citizen Science and its impact. 2nd International ECSA Conference 2018, Geneva, Switzerland, 4/06/18 – 6/06/18. (Peer reviewed poster)

Hemment, D, Woods, M & Ajates Gonzalez, R 2018, ‘Use of MOOCs to scale rigorous Citizen Science and its impact’, Poster presentation presented by Burton, V., Centre for Ecology and Evolution Citizen Science Summer Symposium 14th June 2018, Royal Holloway University of London, London. (Peer reviewed poster)

Zappa, L., Xaver, A., Öismuller, M., Hemment, D. & Dorigo, W. (2018). In-situ measurements from citizen observatories for downscaling satellite-derived soil moisture. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018. EGU2018-15473 (Poster, Peer Reviewed)

Moorthy, I., Fritz, S., See, L., Wehn, U., Hemment, D., Pau, J. M., Tsertou, A., Vohland, K., Ferri, M., McCallum, I., Domian, D., Hager, G. & Perger, C. (2018). WeObserve: An Ecosystem of Citizen Observatories for Environmental Monitoring | Highlight. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018. EGU2018-14026 (PICO Presentation, Peer Reviewed)

Xaver, A., Zappa, L., Pfeil, I., Öismuller, M., Vreugdenhil, M., Dobos, E., Kovacs, K. & Hemment, D. (2018) The potential of crowdsourced in situ soil moisture for environmental research. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018. EGU2018-15602 (PICO Presentation, Peer Reviewed)