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Secchi App

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Goal Help study marine phytoplankton.
Task Build a Secchi Disk and measure water turbidity.
Where anywhere
Description

Join seafarers in the global scientific experiment to study marine phytoplankton.

The phytoplankton underpin the marine food chain, so we need to know as much about them as possible. To participate in this project, you'll need to create a Secchi Disk, a tool that measures water turbidity, and use the free iPhone or Android ‘Secchi’ application.

You can take a Secchi Disk reading as often as you wish, every day, once a week, twice a month, or just occasionally. The data you collect will help scientists around the world to understand the phytoplankton.

Join in and help make this the world’s largest public marine biological study.

How to Join

Obtain the free iOS or Android Secchi App, construct a Secchi Disk, and begin recording data.

Website http://www.secchidisk.org
Social Media
Expenses $20
Required Gear

1. A Secchi Disk is a 30 cm, flat, white disk attached to a tape measure or a rope, and weighted from below by a small 200 g weight. Visit the project FAQ for more information on building your Secchi disk and recording data: http://www.secchidisk.org.

2. Free iOS or Android Secchi App

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing
Class Materials http://vimeo.com/84872751
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags Angling, Boat, Climate Change, Diving, Marine. Ocean. Sea, Phytoplankton, Plankton, Sailing, Secchi Disk, Temperature, Yacht
Project Updated 08/07/2016