How Technology Can Save the Oceans…
Snapchat, instagram, remote-controlled drones. Technology is speeding along faster than we can install the latest iPhone update. And with so much time, energy, and money pouring into tech, we’re excited to see new innovations that can help our oceans as well.
Historically, technology applied to oceans has driven decline. Now there’s a new opportunity for technology to take a role in responsible management: Tech-savvy environmentalists and entrepreneurs are harnessing the power of technology to help enforce regulations, to trace and track fish, to identify illegal product, and more.
Remote sensing of the environment allows for measurements and data collection across a broad spectrum of the planet, providing information for analysis based on historic and current measurements. Listed below some of the programs and instrumentation used for remote sensing. What is remote sensing? Remote sensors collect data by detecting the energy that is reflected… Continue reading Remote Sensing
Using the view from space to motivate people to protect the environment. Satellite imagery has “revolutionized the whole way we analyze things; it’s transformed the way the Earth is pictured.” – author James Campbell, as quoted in “SkyTruth, the Environment and the Satellite Revolution,” Washington Post SkyTruth uses the view from space to motivate people… Continue reading Sky Truth
Project Eyes on the Seas Pioneering technology to help end illegal fishing The Pew Charitable Trusts launched a groundbreaking technology platform that will help authorities monitor, detect, and respond to illicit fishing activity across the world’s oceans. Project Eyes on the Seas combines satellite monitoring of the oceans with other information, such as fishing-vessel databases… Continue reading Pew – Catapult Joint Projects
Jason-3 Begins Mapping Oceans Jason-3, a new U.S.-European oceanography satellite mission with NASA participation, has produced its first complete science map of global sea surface height, capturing the current signal of the 2015-16 El Niño. The first Jason-3 global map can be viewed at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=pia20532 The map was generated from the first 10 days of… Continue reading NASA/JPL – COVERAGE Project
National Data Buoy Center http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/ Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART®) To ensure early detection of tsunamis and to acquire data critical to real-time forecasts, NOAA has placed Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami (DART®) stations at sites in regions with a history of generating destructive tsunamis. NOAA completed the original 6-buoy operational array… Continue reading Tsunami Buoys
Dolphin and Whale 911 The Dolphin and Whale 911 app will enhance accurate and timely reporting of stranded marine mammals in the Southeastern U.S. NOAA Fisheries is faced with numerous challenges to enhance the protection, conservation, and management of marine mammals…. http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/protected_resources/outreach_and_education/mm_apps/ World Cetacean Alliance Being able to swap experiences with partners at their base of operation is a highlight of… Continue reading Whale Protection Applications
Expedition White Shark app MCSI has now updated the Expedition White Shark app and it is available for both Android and Apple! This app shows tracks for all of our tagged sharks and provides real time tracking data for white sharks tagged at both Guadalupe Island and central California, as well as large shortfin mako sharks tagged… Continue reading Sea Turtle and Shark Tracking
Tuna Lab Since 1997, LPRC researchers and collaborators have been using pop-up satellite tags (PSATs), implanted archival or “data storage” tags (DSTs), and conventional ID tags to learn more about where bluefin tuna travel, their depth habits, and environmental associations. PSATs are essentially mini-computers hosting sensors that detect the depth, temperature and ambient light levels… Continue reading Tuna Research