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Smartfin

Main Project Information
Presented By The Lost Bird Project and Surfrider Foundation
Goal Collect data about climate change impacts on ocean health
Task Use a Smartfin while surfing; raise awareness of ocean health
Where Global, anywhere on the planet
Description

The Smartfin is a surfboard fin with sensors that measure multiple ocean parameters including salinity, temperature, location, wave characteristics, and pH (in development). The data surfers acquire while in the water will become accessible in near real-time to the world-wide scientific community. But Smartfin is not only about the data. It is also an effort to connect surfers and their communities to larger issues affecting ocean health. Using the data collected with Smartfin, we can better understand trends in ocean warming and acidification and mobilize our communities to take action to combat these problems caused by climate change.

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Anyone interested in joining the Smartfin project can sign up here (http://surfrider.org/pages/smartfin). Smartfins will become available to participants beginning in early 2017. Please feel free to contact Smartfin Project Manager, Shannon Waters, at swaters@surfrider.org with any questions.

Website http://surfrider.org/pages/smartfin
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Materials List Surfboard with Futures fin boxes
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults
Ideal Frequency Per week
Average Time An hour or so
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At the beach, In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes
Tags climate change monitoring, outdoor recreation, smartfin, surfing
Project Updated 04/11/2017