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The Ocean belongs to everyone. Shouldn’t we all have access to the tools needed to study it?

The Open CTD ProjectAugust 12, 2013

Oceanography for Everyone – The OpenCTD I believe that scientific research should have as few barriers to participation as possible. I believe that not only should the results of scientific research be freely available to the public, but that the tools–software, hardware, and expertise–of science should be made as accessible as possible. In many cases, […]

Two weeks left to Support the OpenCTD and help us build an oceanographic tool for everyone!

marine science, Natural Science, oceanography, ScienceAugust 5, 2013

Wow! Since we launched the OpenCTD we’ve raised nearly $4,000 to help develop an oceanographic tool the anyone can build. But $4,000 is only 40% of our funding goal, and we’ve got 12 days left to fund the rest of the project. If you believe in open source oceanography, think to tools of scientific research […]

What does an OpenCTD mean to marine ecologists?

ScienceJuly 26, 2013

The OpenCTD–a conductivity-temperature-depth (or CTD) sonde is considered the ‘work-horse’ of oceanography. Three relatively simple probes constitute the CTD and allow researchers to make basic water quality measurements. These fundamental measurements are the foundation upon which marine science is built.  As was aptly stated by Dr. Thaler, “Rare is the scientific expedition–whether it be coastal […]

OpenCTD first soak test

The Open CTD ProjectJune 10, 2013

Two weeks ago, we launched Oceanography for Everyone–The OpenCTD, a crowdfunding project to develop a low-cost, open-source CTD. After a few days hunting around for the best sealants, I put the prototype (name pending, suggestions welcome) through its first soak test. The results were… mixed. I left the CTD soaking for 12 hours (with hardware removed) […]

What can we do with an OpenCTD – high resolution hurricane monitoring

The Open CTD ProjectJune 3, 2013

Last Friday we launched Oceanography for Everyone–The OpenCTD, a crowdfunding project to develop a low-cost, open-source CTD. This project won’t succeed without your help. To demonstrate how valuable a device like the OpenCTD is, for the next several weeks I’ll be presenting various projects that could be accomplished with access to low-cost CTD’s. First up […]

Oceanography for Everyone – Help us build a CTD!

marine science, Natural Science, oceanography, Science, The Open CTD ProjectMay 31, 2013

Head over to our Rockethub Page for more information! Conductivity, temperature, and depth (CTD). With these three measurements, marine scientists can unlock ocean patterns hidden beneath the waves. The ocean is not uniform, it its filled with swirling eddies, temperature boundaries, layers of high and low salinity, changing densities, and many other physical characteristics. To […]

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