Citizen Science refers to the population participating in scientific activities and research projects related with the environment and its biodiversity, taking advantage of new technologies such as the Internet and mobile phones with recording capabilities for an easy data collection and sharing. Nowadays, most deployed cabled observatories bear video cameras, which may truly represent the first innovative and multifunctional sensor to monitor life activities at different levels of complexity (i.e. from the individual animals, to population, species up to the level of the whole community), provided that automated image analysis is sufficiently developed to classify animals based on differences in shape, texture and color.

A guide to fish identification in OBSEA can be found here

OBSEA is also part of Into the deep another citizen science project where participants are taught about four different deep-sea habitats and shown the impact that human behavior has on them.