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The Surfboard Fin That’s Saving the Ocean

This video tells us all about the very special “smart fin” which has been designed again by some forward thinking scientists. There is already a plethora of detailed information from the deep sea out there however very little data exists about the sea shores. It’s a great invention because it is fun at its core. Surfers are very influential people and care deeply about the environment and now we are at a time where they can actually use their skills for scientific use.

Smart fin is a simple LED light that is inbuilt into a normal surfing fin which doesn’t look or feel any different to the usual fin. The LED can collect detailed information about shores such as the PH solidity, ocean temperature and very detailed wave characteristics. There is a reason for the use of those parameters and that is because they are shifting directly as a result of climate change. Satellite cannot be accurate with data in that narrow zone however smart fin can definitely solve that issue.

Smart fin is an innovative collaboration with researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, one of the world’s leading institutions for oceanographic research; Lost Bird Project, an environmental arts organization that aims to inspire each of us to engage toward a better relationship with the earth; Surf rider Foundation; and Futures Fins, the world’s leading surfboard fin manufacturer.

 

Links: https://www.surfrider.org/programs/smartfin , https://smartfin.org/

 

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