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Citclops at Ocean Optics Conference 2014

From 25 -31 October 2014 scientists from all over the world got together in Portland, Maine, to discuss recent findings in the broad field of ocean optics (http://www.tos.org/oceanopticsconference/).

ocean optics 2014 portal // oceanoptics_portland.jpg (385 K)For the first time in the conference series, this year´s meeting incorporated a session on crowdsourcing and participatory science, chaired by Oliver Zielinski, our PI of project partner University Oldenburg. Samantha Lavender (Pixalytics Ltd) led the way by introducing different stages of public participation in research projects and progress in Secchi depth measurements via the Plymouth Secchi App. The plenary talk was followed by various Citclops presentations. These included incorporation of satellite- and citizen-borne water colour measurements at the project´s core site Ebro Delta, as well as the science behind water colour classification with the Citclops App. Also, technical developments to measure water transparency with the Kduino and fluorescence with a smart phone were presented. Last but not least, the new design of our plastic Forel Ule scale plus Secchi kit was demonstrated.