Technical Tracking Sheet of the quality of surface water during the course of the BWR 2014-15, Project of all 60 IMOCA participants
Smartphone on board, with the Citclops app
Data and units
Color of surface water (Forel-Ule scale)
Collection of data and systematic transmissions by the skippers: photos are sent from smartphones (SONY Xperia Z3) using the Citclops app. These are geolocalized photographs of surface water masses taken during the regatta, for evaluation and analysis of color, in accordance with the method and scientific system of measurements established by the Forel-Ule scale (water color comparator scale of 21 levels), as it relates to transparency and plankton.
App Citclops. EThis app is available to the general public, free of charge, on mobile Androids and iOS.
The Citclops project puts into place a system of observation, based on participatory science, in order to optically monitor the coast and ocean. Specifically, the Citclops project has developed systems for collecting and utilizing data such as color, transparency and fluorescence of seawater using low-cost sensors along with contextual information and participation from citizens. The innovative value of Citclops app project, with its corresponding technological development of applied ICT, is the promotion of participatory science as a strategy for spreading environmental values and encouraging eco-friendly practices.
Georeferenced data is received in function of the skippers’ usage of the Citclops app, Citclops-BWR http://www.citclops-barcelonaworldrace.org
Photographs taken from the One Planet Ocean Ocean – Pharmaton at the BWR 2014-15
On-line progress reports on data
Progress of the route and data at Citclops-BWR Citclops-BWR.
During the race, the collection of optical property values of seawater will be carried out, measuring values such as transparency and color of water using the Forel-Ule scale, composed of 21 different colors and integrated within the Citclops application. These properties provide indicators related to waste water, dissolved organic matter, sediment load, biological activity, as well as the distinction between pollution and natural pigmentation. The information compiled by the Citclops application consists of different types of parameters, including geographic coordinates, type of area, climatic conditions (such as cloud fraction, rain, wind and waves) and the Forel-Ule value. Data received feed a decision support system specifically set up in the framework of the project, and designed to assist researchers in water management in drawing conclusions.
Project lead by Barcelona Digital Centre Tecnològic, in the role of coordinator, with the participation of the NIOZ (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research) and the ICM-CSIC (Institute of Martime Sciences-Spanish National Research Council). This project has been developed in the framework of the European project FP7 Citclops (Citizens Observatory for Coast and Ocean Optical Monitoring).
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