Citizen Science

Salt domes on the sea floor.  Image courtesy of Lophelia II 2010 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEM

Salt domes on the sea floor. Image courtesy of Lophelia II 2010 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEM

First is the Okeanos Explorer. I saw this earlier today on TWC, you can watch live streams from the cameras. The video featured is from the Northeast U.S. Canyon Expedition from NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer. I’m going back to watch, it’s really good.

The other is a link to the US National Phenology Network. I’m not sure but you “may” have to be in the US or a possession thereof, but I’m sure there are more networks and if you are not in the US you can do a search to find out.

Phenology refers to key seasonal changes in plants and animals from year to year – such as flowering, emergence of insects and migration of birds – especially their timing and relationship with weather and climate.

You can sign up and learn how to observe things in the natural world. I know some of you are saying WTH(eck)? I “know” how to look and that’s no problem but there is a right way and a wrong way for the purposes of the website observations, no big thing.

This would be a wonderful thing for teachers to bring to students! Contrary to popular belief the influence of climate change on natural communities is NOT all that well understood – you can help.

I want to get one of those baseball caps too  :mrgreen:

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