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July 22, 2016 AT 12:38 pm

Citizen Scientist Divers Collecting Data on Ocean Temperatures

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From The Guardian:

Millions of holidaying scuba divers are able to become citizen scientists and take vital measurements of ocean temperatures, which are being driven up by climate change

Kieran Hyder at Cefas [Centre for Environment, Fisheries, and Acquaculture Science, located in Scotland] who led the citizen science project, said: “To undertake a global science programme that could generate this information would be hugely expensive, but there are millions of sport and commercial dives every year. Making use of just a small fraction of those dives will greatly increase our knowledge of what is happening worldwide.

“The potential of scuba divers to contribute to ocean monitoring is huge and I believe that this study demonstrates only the tip of the iceberg,” he said.

 


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