Like the ocean? Think kelp is cool? Kelp forests need your help!
Kelp forests are a prominent feature along the world’s coastlines in temperate and subpolar regions. However, increasing ocean temperatures are threatening the persistence of these highly productive ecosystems.
We propose to develop a new method to estimate the density of kelp using underwater sound. This rapid, acoustic-based assessment method could enable the continuous monitoring of the health of kelp forests in the face of climate change.
As a part of this project, we will also develop a low-cost, open source underwater passive acoustic recorder based on a Raspberry Pi computer & a custom-built signal conditioning board in a HAT footprint.
For more details and to help support this project, check out: https://experiment.com/kelpsound