[Coral-List] Hacking the Ocean

Kachina Gosselin kachina at alum.mit.edu
Tue Sep 8 13:16:47 EDT 2015

Exciting! I'm also working on an ocean conservation citizen science
platform - in our case using micro ROVs to collect visual data for
surveying species and monitoring biodiversity. The original goal was to use
the ROVs to collect temperature, pH and salinity data while those who don't
have an opportunity to dive themselves explore the oceans from afar using
virtual reality headsets. Basically I'm very glad to hear about this work
and am interested to see if there is potential for collaboration. In the
meantime I've shared on my facebook page,

Here's a quick overview of our project,

On Sat, Sep 5, 2015 at 5:36 AM, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg <oveh at uq.edu.au> wrote:

> Dear Coral-list,
> I would like to bring the following project to your attention. As you
> know, satellite measurements deliver critically important information, such
> as Sea Surface Temperature (SST), to our community.  Many of these
> measurements, however, are literally skin-deep (e.g. SST represent
> temperatures from less than the first mm only).  Solving this would provide
> important information about how temperature varies at the scale of
> organisms and ecosystems.
> Pierre-Yves Cousteau (Cousteau Divers) and a group of dedicated volunteer
> experts (including myself) have been working on a way to gain
> temperature-depth information from the amateur/expert dive community.  Call
> it citizen science, this project has the potential to deliver vitally
> important information on the temperature structure of the water column -
> potentially linking to SST measurements provided by NOAA and other
> organisations.  As you know, understanding the structure of the water
> column is vital to a broad array of problems from the access to food for
> nesting seabirds to depth-related patterns in mass coral bleaching and
> mortality.
> Please consider supporting the project, which has potential to produce
> useful scientific data related to ocean and climate change.
> https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cousteau-divers-project-hermes#/story
> Regards,
> Ove
> Ove Hoegh-Guldberg PhD FAA
> Professor and Director
> Global Change Institute
> University of Queensland
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