Citizens and scientists collect comparable oceanographic data: measurements of ocean transparency from the Secchi Disk study and science programmes

Kirby, RR; Beaugrand, G; Kléparski, L; Goodall, S; Lavender, SJ. 2021 Citizens and scientists collect comparable oceanographic data: measurements of ocean transparency from the Secchi Disk study and science programmes. Scientific Reports, 11 (1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-95029-z

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Abstract/Summary

Marine phytoplankton accounts for approximately 50% of all photosynthesis on Earth, underpins the marine food chain and plays a central role in the Earth’s biogeochemical cycles and climate. In situ measurements of ocean transparency can be used to estimate phytoplankton biomass. The scale and challenging conditions of the ocean make it a difficult environment for in situ studies, however. Here, we show that citizen scientists (seafarers) using a simple white Secchi Disk can collect ocean transparency data to complement formal scientific efforts using similar equipment. Citizen scientist data can therefore help understand current climate-driven changes in phytoplankton biomass at a global scale.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Subjects: Marine Sciences
Oceanography
Divisions: Marine Biological Association of the UK > Knowledge Exchange
Depositing User: Tamar Atkinson
Date made live: 09 Feb 2022 14:36
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2022 14:36
URI: https://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/9548

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