What if every surfer in the UK could help to save the ocean, every time they hit the waves?
Near-shore data or accurate temperature and GPS readings are pretty expensive to consistently capture. To get meaningful and accurate information of the health of the ocean, we need marine scientists to be out in the water everyday.
They need to understand the ocean and have no problem committing themselves to being there without fail. This causes a bit of a problem for scientists, who can’t really afford to be at sea and not in the lab all year round.
When oceanographer Bob Brewin realised half a million surfers are heading out into the line up every day, he came up with the awesome idea.
By strapping sensors the boards of UK surfers, he could turn them into data collecting machines!