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SD Seafarers, S Lavender, G Beaugrand, N Outram, N Barlow, D Crotty, J Evans and R Kirby
Abstract
The oceans' phytoplankton that underpin the marine food chain appear to be changing in abundance due to global climate change. Here, we compare the first four years of data from a citizen science ocean transparency study, conducted by seafarers using home-made Secchi Disks and a free Smartphone application called Secchi, with contemporaneous satellite ocean colour measurements. Our results show seafarers collect useful Secchi Disk measurements of ocean transparency that could help future assessments of climate-induced changes in the phytoplankton when used to extend historical Secchi Disk data.
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Solar variation, Greek loanwords, Meteorology, Climate change, Global warming, Ocean, Weather, Climate
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