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Fun Science FRIEDay – Open-Acess Science for the Masses

Citizen Science, Fun Science Friday, marine science, Natural Science, oceanography, Oceanography for Everyone, Open Science, UncategorizedJuly 15, 20160

The oceans belong to all of us. With this simple statement in mind, the Oceanography for Everyone (OfE) project was launched with the goal of making ocean science more accessible. One of the biggest hurdles in conducting ocean science is instrumentation costs, and 4 years ago the OfE team began trying to make one of […]

Open source. Open science. Open Ocean. Oceanography for Everyone and the OpenCTD

Oceanography for EveryoneJune 24, 20162

Nearly four years ago, Kersey Sturdivant and I launched a bold, ambitious, and, frankly, naive crowdfunding initiative to build the first low-cost, open-source CTD, a core scientific instrument that measures salinity, temperature, and depth in a water column. It was a dream born from the frustration of declining science funding, the expense of scientific equipment, […]

Dive the Wreck of the Steamship Tahoe with OpenROV!

A Renewed Sense of Wonder, Education, Oceanography for EveryoneJune 6, 2016

One-hundred-fifty meters hardly seems like anything at all. Standing in the parking lot of OpenROV, I pace out 150 meters. The small sign, hanging against the wall of the battered warehouse, pointing visitors towards the entrance, is clear. One-hundred fifty meters is less than half a lap around a standard running track. It’s the height […]

Meet Sea Leveler: the open source water level gauge that wants you to talk about #sealevelrise

climate change, Natural Science, ScienceMarch 26, 2013

Two weeks ago, a machine was left on the “free” table at my lab that surprised me–a beautiful stainless steel mechanical water level gauge, on of those old ones with a flywheel in the back that drives the mechanism. Seeing this made me realize that there must be thousands of old scientific devices rusting away […]

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