Below are a couple of really cool examples of how non-scientists are contributing to ocean science:
- Lucky local surfers just dropped in as volunteers of a pilot project for a high-tech surfboard fin. The fin is equipped with sensors that study the ocean as the riders surf the waves. The Smartfin is a collaboration between the San Diego chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and surf-board manufacturer Futures Fins. The Smartfin contains temperature, motion, GPS, and activity sensors that collect near-real-time data. The data is then uploaded to the cloud via the Smartfin app, where it will be used by researchers, and eventually the public, to better understand how the ocean is changing and what those changes mean for coastal communities. The project is being tested in San Diego, with the initial fins shared on a library-like lending system. The first 20 users will surf the fin for 3 months, before returning it to let the next wave of riders make their contribution to marine science.
- A new facility in City Heights called The Living Lab, run by the nonprofit Ocean Discovery Institute, aims to transform young lives with hands on opportunities. It’s here that kids can dissect a sea star, work with a scientist to study climate change, participate in habitat restoration and other hands on experiences that they may enjoy. The Living Lab’s tuition-free programs in Ocean Science and Conservation will benefit more than 20,000 kids each year in communities that are challenged by poverty, crime, lack of access to health care, lack of parks and open spaces, and the like. The lab’s 12,000 square foot building designed by renowned architect, Rob Quigley, sparks curiosity and inspires the desire for learning as does the Living Lab program.
Great Pacific Escrow Team