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Monitoring Vanishing Marine Algae With Your Smartphone

by Tsing Mui on March 15, 2013 at 9:15 am

Two weeks ago, a group of sailors off the coast of New Zealand leaned over the side of their boat, dropped a contraption into the Pacific Ocean and watched it disappear. Using an app they’d downloaded to a smartphone, they logged a reading from the underwater device, along with their GPS location and the water temperature. In just a few minutes’ time, they had become the first participants in a new program launched by the UK’s Plymouth University Marine Institute which allows citizen scientists to help climatologists study the effects of climate change on the oceans.

Source: Smithsonian
Photo: Richard Kirby

Posted in Aquatic News by Tsing Mui on March 15th, 2013 at 9:15 am.

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