Floating Forests

Jason Ortega
Citizen Science Project
2nd Semester

As a Citizen Science Project, I went to Zooniverse and took part in the floating forests project. During the project, I helped identify how much area and the location that forests of kelp grow. I do this by viewing the images provided via satellite and marking their location by drawing circles around them. I was also interested in their “about” section because it told us why it is important to keep track of them. According to them, everywhere that is inhabited by the kelp runs it’s ecosystem around it. Fish and other organisms will use them for food and for a habitat. I thought this was a good one to do because no significant amount of data has been gained from it. The more data we provide the scientists with, the more likely they will draw correlations between the area the kelp is in and the amount of kelp there.

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