Sea Star Wasting Disease
|Presented By||UDiscoverIt, a project of Cornell University's Institute for Computational Sustainability (ICS)|
|Goal||Understand environmental conditions for sea star wasting disease|
|Task||Observe sea stars, record temperatures at the beach|
Experiments suggest that most sea stars now harbor a virus or bacterium that is making them sick. Although most stars may now be infected, we are trying to understand why they die in higher numbers at some locations than others.
We will use the citizen science data to identify whether there is a temperature threshold or some other environmental conditions associated with outbreak and non-outbreak sites. The most valuable data for us is to know what percentage of stars are sick and dead at particular sites and to verify your diagnosis of 'sick' with a photo.
|How to Join||
Submit observations through the web interface, including information about the location and conditions at the site.
• Accurate tidal chart
|Ideal Age Group||College, Graduate students, Adults|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||At the beach|
|Tags||Cornell, Ocean , wildlife disease|
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