LEO Network

The Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network

The eyes, ears, and voice of our changing environment

LEO is a network of local observers and topic experts who share knowledge about unusual animal, environment, and weather events. With LEO, you can connect with others in your community, share observations, raise awareness, and find answers about significant environmental events. You can also engage with topic experts in many different organizations and become part of a broader observer community.

Join: The first step is to join and set up your personal profile. The profile allows you to archive your posts, receive badges as you gain knowledge, track materials you have published, and connect with other LEO Network members.

Explore: As a member, you can search the database on the website or on the LEO Reporter App. Or use the search engine on the LEO Map, to learn about recent observations. See the 'Explore' feature on the website banner to search the database by topic, time, or location. The results of your search will pop up on the map and in the chronological observation list.

Observe: Members can also make observations. When you have an event to share, Click the ‘Make Observation’ button. A series of prompts will help you to share your photos and story. If you are outside a cellular service area, don't worry. Using LEO Reporter App, you can still make your observation and it will upload automatically when service is restored.

Review: Once an observation has been submitted, your observation is reviewed by our editorial team. If selected, it will be published to LEO Map where it can be viewed by the entire network membership. Your observation may also be selected for a special consult, where topic experts comment on your post based on their knowledge or expertise.

Hubs: A LEO Hub is a geographic region hosted by organizations that provide support services to LEO Network.These may include editorial assistance in connecting observers with topic experts, hosting focus groups or webinars or publishing regional newsletters or developing special projects.

LEO Origins

Arctic communities were among the first to experience significant impacts from climate change. In 2009, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) established the Center for Climate and Health to help describe connections between climate change, environmental impacts, and health effects. In 2012, LEO Network was launched as a tool to help the tribal health system and local observers to share information about climate and other drivers of environmental change.

In 2015, ANTHC and Resource Data Inc. (RDI) developed LEO App to increase access and improve data management and analytical features of the network. In the same year, LEO Network was selected as a model program under the United States Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, to help raise awareness and improve communication about climate change in the circumpolar region. Today LEO Network is continuing to evolve and to build new partnerships with local observers - across the Arctic and around the world.