Data collection with non-scientific boats and racing yachts

Marine data collection off the scientific routes: Anyone can do science!
The autonomous collection of marine data in the maritime hobby and sports sector offers untapped potential for research and environmental protection. Our important focus is on private individuals with suitable boats, yachts and routes who we would like to enable to participate in ocean observation. By using modern technologies and activating the community, valuable data can be collected and new business concepts developed.

Technologies and impact

For us, the involvement of private individuals and professional athletes is the key to the future of marine data collection. Due to their flexibility, non-scientific boats and professional racing yachts represent a great innovative force and offer great potential to accelerate the closing of the data gap. SOOP plans to gather experience on how the private and professional sports sector can be effectively integrated into data collection. The community will thus become an active catalyst in environmental protection and scientific research.

The use of specific technologies and sensors depends on the exact needs and specifications of the boats. Typical parameters are weather and climate data as well as marine environmental indicators.

1. scaling by sailors: Due to the large number of boats and the diversity of technical equipment, we plan to simplify the methods of data collection. For example, sailing trips can be used to collect data and make it available via digital platforms. Our common goal is the comprehensive collection of marine data from non-scientific participants (citizen scientists).

2. contact with organizations: Cooperation with research institutes and environmental organizations is essential. These partnerships provide access to the expertise and resources needed for data collection and analysis.

3. regular sailor network meetings: Building a network of private and professional sailors is crucial for us. Data can be collected efficiently through regular exchange. This network forms the basis for sustainable and continuous data collection.

By building a strong network and meeting regularly, a continuous and sustainable collection of marine data by non-scientific actors can be ensured. This data is of high value for research, society, environmental protection and the development of new business concepts.

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