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Floating Forests

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Presented By Kelp Ecosystem Ecology Network
Goal Discover how Giant Kelp has changed since the 1980s
Task Circle kelp forests in images from satellites
Where Online only

Floating Forests asks you to help us uncover the history of Giant Kelp forests around the globe. Most algae and animals that live on the seafloor can only be sampled by SCUBA divers or dredging up samples from the deep. This kind of data requires a ton of (really fun) effort to collect, but it means we’re limited in our knowledge of changes in their abundances through time. But Giant Kelp is amazing - it can grow up to a foot a day and forms lush canopies that can be seen by some of the earliest satellites man put into space!

How to Join

To join, simply visit and start classifying! You can create an account with Zooniverse if you'd like, and talk with us about the images you've found!

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A web browser

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online, At school, At night, At home
Class Materials
Tags , kelp, landsat, zooniverse
Project Updated 05/23/2018