Connecting Social Media Data with Observed Hybrid Data for Environment Monitoring

  • Jinyan Chen
  • Sen Wang
  • Bela StanticEmail author
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 737)


Environmental monitoring has been regarded as one of effective solutions to protect our living places from potential risks. Traditional methods rely on periodically recording assessments of observed objects, which results in large amount of hybrid data sets. Additionally public opinions regarding certain topics can be extracted from social media and used as another source of descriptive data. In this work, we investigate how to connect and process the public opinions from social media with hybrid observation records. Particularly, we study Twitter posts from designated region with respect to specific topics, such as marine environmental activities. Sentiment analysis on tweets is performed to reflect public opinions on the environmental topics. Additionally two hybrid data sets have been considered. To process these data we use Hadoop cluster and utilize NoSql and relational databases to store data distributed across nodes in share nothing architecture. We compare the public sentiments in social media with scientific observations in real time and show that the “citizen science” enhanced with real time analytics can provide avenue to nominatively monitor natural environments. The approach presented in this paper provides an innovative method to monitor environment with the power of social media analysis and distributed computing.


Social media Sentiment analysis Hybrid data 



This project was funded through a National Environment Science Program (NESP) fund, within the Tropical Water Quality Hub (Project No: 2.3.2). We would also like to thank the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and CoralWatch for providing citizen science data for the purpose of this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Griffith Institute for TourismBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Institute for Integrated and Intelligent SystemsGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia

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