Help a Crowdsourced Global Kelp Forest Observation Project

by Owen James Burke

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Above: A kelp forest off the Channel Islands, California (Photo: Ian Shive/Tandem/Nat Geo)

Floating Forests is working to report on the state of the world’s kelp forests, and they want you!

The organization already has Landsat satellite images of suspected areas of kelp habitation, all you have to do is use the laser pointer on their interactive maps to circle the kelp forests you see.

So, not only is it way more fun than Candy Crush (I’m assuming), you actually get to participate in and contribute to real scientific research. Don’t worry, there’s a tutorial.

Learn more at Floating Forests — OB

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