Archive | September 2014

Floating Forests HOA with Dan Reed

At 4:30pm ET today (Sept 30th) we’ll be having a Google Hangout on air with Dr. Dan Reed of the Santa Barbara Coastal LTER at UCSB. Sign up here and/or stay tuned, as I’ll post the youtube feed once it’s live!

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Open Ocean Kelp Forest?

Talk about serendipitous discoveries! Superuser artman40 recently posted an image on the discussion boards with a question, is this kelp out in the middle of the ocean?

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The answer is YES! There is a kelp forest located about 100 miles off the coast of San Diego, CA, on a seamount known as the Cortez Banks. Many of you may have already heard about this place as it is one of the premier sites for big wave surfing in the world, with waves over 80 ft high! Check out this video:

While this was a surprise for us, spear fishers and sea lions have known about this spot for years! Check out this video where you can clearly see giant kelp:

With this new information we can begin to look more closely at this very unique kelp forest and ask interesting questions like: How often is this forest present? How does kelp get there? How are ocean circulation patterns affecting kelp’s presence and growth?

And we couldn’t have done it without YOU, our awesome citizen scientists! Great job FloatingForests team!

Floating Meadows?

While Floating Forests is focused on canopy forming kelps – typically Giant Kelp, Bull Kelp, Sea Bamboo, and others these are not the only kelp. In New England, for example, kelps are only a few meters tall, and create vast meadows instead of ‘forests’. Take a look at this amazing video by Brian Skerry from Cashes Ledge featuring some great comments from our collaborator, Jon Witman.

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Hangout with the Science Team for Floating Forests!

Enjoying classifying kelp from space at Floating Forests? Want to know more about the science behind it? Want to know more about the SCIENTISTS behind it? Our research, how we got to where we are, and more? Have questions about the current Floating Forests platform?

Then come on over to Google + Tuesday the 16th at 2:30 pm ET (that’s tomorrow if you’re reading this on Monday) (or today if you’re reading this on Tuesday!) for a Hangout on Air to Meet the Floating Forests Science Team!

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Hope to see you there – and let is know if you’ll be coming by signing up here. If you can’t make it, no worries! It’s a HOA, so, it will be posted to Youtube and the blog to live on in infamy!

Polish Floating Forests!

No, there’s no giant kelp in Poland (sorry) BUT a generous volunteer has translated our entire site into Polish! So check it out by going to the site, clicking the globe, and selecting Polski, and then ODKRYWAJ PŁYWAJĄCE LASY!

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