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Secchi Disk Study

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Seafarers can take part in a unique global study, using a mobile phone app to record the effects of climate change. The public science project measures the amount of phytoplankton - minute organisms at the very start of the marine food chain - currently residing in the world’s oceans. To check the levels of phytoplankton in our ocean, they've developed a simple piece of equipment that you can order or make yourself and a free smart phone app for sailors and fishermen to use wherever they are in the world.

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Help researchers understand the impact of climate change on phytoplankton

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Use one of the oldest and simplest marine scientific tools to map the ocean's phytoplankton and submit your findings via a free app

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The free app is called Secchi after Father Pietro Angelo Secchi, an astronomer who invented the disk device in 1865 to measure water turbidity in the Mediterranean.

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Secchi Disk Foundation

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IF WE CAN JUST GET A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE GLOBAL POPULATION OF SAILORS INVOLVED, WE CAN GENERATE A DATABASE THAT WILL HELP US UNDERSTAND HOW LIFE IN THE OCEANS IS CHANGING. IT WOULD HELP US LEARN MUCH MORE ABOUT THESE IMPORTANT ORGANISMS AT A CRUCIAL TIME WHEN THEIR HABITAT IS ALTERING DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE.

Dr Richard Kirby, Project Leader, Secchi Disk Study

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