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Citizen Science Challenge #8: Oceans

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“The marine phytoplankton account for approximately 50% of all photosynthesis on Earth and, through the plankton food web that they support, they both underpin the marine food chain and play a central role in the global carbon cycle strongly influencing the Earth’s climate.

Living at the surface of the sea the phytoplankton are particularly sensitive to changes in sea surface temperature. A recent study of global phytoplankton abundance over the last century concluded that global phytoplankton concentrations have declined due to rising sea surface temperatures as a consequence of current climate change.

We need to know much more about these changes and you can help by making a simple piece of scientific equipment called a Secchi Disk and using the Secchi App.”

– The Secchi Project

 

How to Take Part:

The Tutorial:

Step 1Take a look at this Prezzi, which tells you all about the app.

Watch the Video!

Step 2Take a look at this video, to find out more about the project.

Download the App:

Step 3Download the Secchi App online, it couldn’t be easier! You can also look back at recent news and updates.

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Have you given the Secchi Project (or any of the other citizen science projects!) a go? Share your experiences with everyone else in the comments below.

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