BeringWatch is a standardized, but customizable, tool for recording and communicating significant environmental and ecological events to empower remote communities dealing with the effects of climate change. It enables communities to implement rigorous monitoring programs and utilize our well-refined environmental database with an internet-based access system. The BeringWatch program currently serves communities in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands, though is expanding to more communities.
The Aleut Community of St. Paul Island created the tool for developing and maintaining the monitoring program. Components include a comprehensive observation methodology, sentinel handbook; training in standardized observation techniques, data entry, and quality control methods including a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP). It also provides resources to train observers to use the CitizenSentinel app (available for android users at Google Play store), and associated online database tool to upload their observations to the BeringWatch database.