Crowdsourced ocean data via surfers’ fins

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Deep ocean monitoring is entering the age of big data thanks to advances in autonomous robotics. Less is currently known about shallower coastal waters, but Smartfin is hoping to change that with the power of surfing citizen scientists. The Smartfin attaches to surfboards just like a regular fin, but it comes with data acquisition functionalities. The fin is equipped with sensors that monitor sea salinity, acidity levels and wave motion — all important coastal ecosystem factors that could be affected by climate change. As with most citizen scientist devices, the Smartfin is easy to use — data will upload via…

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