Coral reefs are home to 25% of all marine life on the planet. In fact the variety of life supported by coral reefs rivals that of the tropical forests of the Amazon or New Guinea. But without urgent action to address climate change, pollution, overfishing and other threats these beautiful and life-sustaining organisms could disappear.
It is predicted that by 2050, the ocean will have more plastic than fish. To combat pollution, we need to understand better how it behaves. Our surface drifters resemble the feared “sea nettle” jellyfish and provide an hourly, very accurate position. We have experience designing, manufacturing and deploying a fleet of 100+ such drifters to collect ocean data. We are also experienced in displaying the real-time position of 100+ drifters simultaneously on a public website with interactive maps and a parsable dataset.
Ghost nets are typically abandoned fishing gear that continue to catch fish only to damage the environment and waste marine life. The Ghost Net Detective is a WWF Hong Kong Programme and Scoutbots / MakerBay developed a GPS tagging device to be operated by divers to accurately report the position of ghost nets.
Radioactivity in the ocean is a naturally occurring phenomenon but recent events such as the Fukushima Nuclear accident continue to be an issue as more radioactive elements are leaking into the ocean in large quantities. The long-term effects of radioactivity in the ocean on wildlife are not well understood may it be in terms of population as well as mutations and evolutionary processes. Just as CO2 proved to a precious measure to understand climate change, radioactivity may become a valuable indicator to assess our oceans health and of marine life. Ocean radioactivity affects our environment, our food, our public and personal health. Having a fleet of sailing drones providing timely and accurate data of ocean radioactivity would be helpful.
Oil spills happen all around the world all the time. How can local resident make their own tools to measure oil pollution in their environment and water supply? Design inspired by Public Laboratory