There’s still a lot we don’t know about our oceans.
Years of study have unlocked astounding discoveries. However, it seems it’s never enough when you still have over 90% of it untouched.
One that scientists are keen on studying is the varying ocean temperature. It’s critical, considering the climate change we face. However, to constantly use intricate apparatus can be very expensive. Fortunately, there is a solution to know more and spend less: Divers themselves. How exactly?
The decompression computers often worn by divers can be used to provide accurate data about ocean temperature. So far, scientists have already collected more than 7,500 dive records from around the world via the Dive Into Science website.
The website’s forerunners explain: “This extra data could prove crucial in the efforts to understand and predict the effects of our changing climate.”
Kieran Hyder at Cefas, who led the citizen science project, said: “To undertake a global science program that could generate this information would be hugely expensive, but there are millions of sport and commercial dives every year. Making use of just a small fraction of those dives will greatly increase our knowledge of what is happening worldwide.
“The potential of scuba divers to contribute to ocean monitoring is huge and I believe that this study demonstrates only the tip of the iceberg,” he said.
Of course, Science doesn’t stop there.
Their next step is to investigate the capability and ability to tag sea creatures to provide ocean temperature and other essential data.
Pretty awesome stuff, if you ask us!
Image source: theguardian.com