Ocean Sampling Day (OSD)

Ocean Sampling Day (OSD)
Image: Courtesy of Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology

Ocean Sampling Day (OSD) will take place on the longest day in the northern hemisphere in 2014, during the summer solstice on June 21. On this day up to 100 science teams all around the world will take water samples from the ocean in order to identify the microbes in it. The outcome of this global effort is expected to be the biggest data set in marine research that has ever been taken on one single day. This vast open-access data set will be incredibly valuable for the marine scientists.
Researchers would like to engage the public to join their OSD Citizen Science campaign (MyOSD) by taking a trip to the ocean and collecting important environmental data including latitude, longitude, temperature and wind speed. This data help the scientists to get a better understanding of the world’s oceans more generally. It is important that many people contribute on the same day. With OSD researchers will get a huge snapshot of the world’s oceans in a very narrow time window. It’s like taking a high-resolution picture with your camera, capturing all information in one snap, according to organizers. All environmental data will be publicly available and this huge data set will give marine research a major push.
OSD organizers are offering free apps for Google Android and Apple iOS devices to help with data input. These apps are specially designed for people who like to participate in the Ocean Sampling Day event on June 21. The apps enable citizen scientists to enter measured data, observations and photos of the oceans and seas directly into their mobile devices and send it to the OSD App Server to make it publicly available for everyone.

Project Details

  • PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Julia Schnetzer, Ph.D. student
  • SCIENTIST AFFILIATION: Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology
  • DATES: Saturday, June 21, 2014 - Saturday, June 21, 2014
  • PROJECT TYPE: Fieldwork
  • COST: Free
  • GRADE LEVEL: All Ages

    Download the OSD App for free in the Google Play Store or App Store, and check out the OSD Video tutorial for instructions.  You can also Search for "OSD citizen" App in the Google Play store or Apple App store.

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What Is Citizen Science?

Research often involves teams of scientists collaborating across continents. Now, using the power of the Internet, non-specialists are participating, too. Citizen Science falls into many categories. A pioneering project was SETI@Home, which has harnessed the idle computing time of millions of participants in the search for extraterrestrial life. Citizen scientists also act as volunteer classifiers of heavenly objects, such as in Galaxy Zoo. They make observations of the natural world, as in The Great Sunflower Project. And they even solve puzzles to design proteins, such as FoldIt. We'll add projects regularly—and please tell us about others you like as well.

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