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The promise is awesome: thousands of sailors voluntarily collecting valuable ocean data as they cross the seas — work that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars if research vessels were used. But there’s peril: Can you trust the data? “There is always an element of ‘data unreliability’ when many different people are collecting data,” admits Federico Lauro, the leader behind the project to crowdsource sea science described this week in the journal PLOS Biology.   But the team has an answer: Keep it simple. “Our approach is to use automated instrumentation that will self-collect samples and eliminate the ‘human error’ aspect,” says Lauro, a marine microbiology professor at Australia’s University of New South Wales. For the Indigo V Expeditions team, crowdsourcing sea science on a global scale is doable and critical. “We are seeing the rise of ocean dead zones, acidification … and the demise of 90 percent of the big fish and 50 percent reduction in coral reefs,” says co-leader Rachelle Jensen, citing estimates from other studies. “So it’s important for people to understand why we should all care about the oceans and understand what a critical role the oceans play in supporting habitable life on the planet.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE   The Globe and Mail – ‘DIY Science: Researchers Look to Sailors for Ocean Data’ With cutbacks in research dollars around the world, a group of international biologists believes it’s time for some DIY science. The team is developing simple observations and tests […]