A new system turning surfers into the next big source for data on coastal waters? This is the new project of some British researchers. The idea is to rely on measurements made by temperature sensors attached to surfers and their boards: a GPS unit on the surfer and a thermometer placed on the board’s leash. This equipment helps provide localized info that’s more valuable and reliable than satellite data in predicting various oceanic effects.
Study leader Bob Brewin said the next step “will be to expand the project with more sensors and more surfers” and why not make other sports like kayaking and fishing also contribute data.