Crop Circle Researchers' Association [ICCRA] (International)
The Independent Crop Circle Researchers' Association
(International) [ICCRA] began as a small cooperative group of
individuals in the Midwestern United States who have long pursued
serious research into the crop circle phenomenon with the principle
of open collaboration. This 'team' of researchers has steadily
grown in number, and has now included contributions from members
of the crop circle research community from around the world. Although
all the researchers in this association are considered independent
(and thereby retaining individual ownership of their work), the
investigative community has recognized that the study of the various
complexities and aspects of the crop circle phenomenon are beyond
the abilities and resources of any one researcher or local group
to study in sufficient depth. Hence, the need for a cooperative
association and network dedicated to the widest and freest possible
collection and dissemination of crop circle research.
The ICCRA recognizes the need in the research community to collect
and make available as much objectively verifiable knowledge and
details about crop circles as possible, and so will continue to
study and document crop formations using a scientific framework.
The ICCRA is committed to working cooperatively with local farmers,
respecting their property and conditions for granting permission
and access to their fields, and can provide experienced consultation
as to the ways they can cope with the existence of having a crop
circle in their field. We are also committed to working cooperatively
with law enforcement agencies to assist them in assessing and
investigating reported crop circles, exposing the vandalism of
crop circle hoaxers, and assisting with advice on the management
of visitors to the crop circle sites.
The ICCRA began as a 'core' group of individuals cooperating as
a rapid response team reacting to reports of local crop circles
in order to study and document them. The ICCRA has recognized
the need to expand the response network to include as many interested
researchers as possible. To facilitate this network, the ICCRA
has begun a researcher directory so that when a crop circle is
reported, the closest local investigators will be notified. This
will provide the best opportunity to investigate and document
the site, and also gives the wider, international community a
contact-resource for information and interaction in real time.
The ICCRA's highest priority is the sharing of information and
research with the wider research community. Reporting and sharing
of news and field reports of formations is being carried out through
www.iccra.org . To help standardize report information,
researcher access to a worldwide crop circle database with professional-level
GIS mapping capability is also being developed at this website
which will not only document and share the information collected
in a systematic manner, but will also provide new research opportunities.
This research center will also serve as a depository of information
collected on historical sites, scientific reports, photos, previous
field reports, the researcher directory, and links to further
crop circle resources. Many independent researchers have amassed
valuable files over the years regarding this phenomenon. We encourage
all such researchers to use this opportunity to enrich the wider
community with your archived knowledge, while at the same time
retaining ownership and credit for your years of effort.
All interested researchers, and both new and previously established
organizations and networks are invited to join this cooperative
and collaborative effort to locate, study, document, and share
information about crop circle formations, regardless of each individual's
personal hypothesis regarding the source cause of the authentic
crop circle phenomenon, or their affiliations with any organizations.
to Researcher Profiles to learn more
about the researchers of ICCRA.