[Coral-List] Ocean science for everyone: Help us built the OpenCTD!

David Shiffman david.shiffman at gmail.com
Thu Jun 6 14:58:04 EDT 2013

Dr.s Andrew Thaler and Kersey Sturdivant of the Duke University Marine lab
are building a low-cost, open-source CTD suitable for both educators and
scientists. The platform is built using readily available parts and is
powered by an Arduino-based microcontroller. Our goal is to create a device
that is accurate enough to be used for scientific research and can be
constructed for less than $200. Source codes, circuit diagrams, and
building plans will be freely available. The final instrument will be
effective to 200 meters depth.

We have almost completed the first functional prototype, but it still needs
to be calibrated and tested. After the OpenCTD completes its sea trials, we
will prepare our results for peer-review in an open-access scientific
journal, which will lend authority to any scientist planning to use the
OpenCTD for scientific research. We will also produce an eBook that
provides detailed instructions for the construction of an OpenCTD.

To cover the start-up expense of the open-source project we are crowd
source funding.

More details below:

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to speak with
Andrew or Kersey.



*David Shiffman*
*Ph.D. Student, Research Assistant,*
Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy <http://www.cesp.miami.edu/>
R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program <http://rjd.miami.edu/>

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