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IV Kayaking and Environment Workshop 2015

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Kayakers measuring the colour of the water with the
Forel-Ule scale

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Secchi disck measurements

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Secchi 2

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Citclops explanation at Pagaia facilities

During the 30 and 31 May took place the IV Kayaking and Environment Workshop 2015, organized by the Pagaia Kayak Club, in Llançà (Spain). The conference, entitled Citizen Science or How kayakers can contribute to scientific research oriented to explain some of the activities and Citizen Science projects being developed at the Institute of Marine Sciences.

The first day of activities were centred around the plankton and more specifically the gelatinous plankton. During the trip with kayaks, participants learn how to collect plankton organisms that were observed later under the microscope. Participants also received information on how the monitoring jellyfish methods carried out in the Catalan coast, within the context of projects Medjelly and Jellyrisk.

The second day was focused on explaining the methods of monitoring environmental quality through optical parameters such as water colour or transparency, within the context of the European project Citclops. In the second kayak trip, participants measured the transparency and colour of the water using the Secchi disk and colorimetric scale Forel-Ule.

During the explanatory meeting, participants received also information on how to use the new tools developed in the Citizen Science project Citclops: the KdUINO buoy (which measures the extinction of light in the water column with very low cost sensors) or the system to estimate water transparency from photographs called TrandiCam (Transparency Index based on Citizen underwater CAMera images).