It’s a busy month at the Zooniverse. Citizen Science September began with the relaunch of Galaxy Zoo two days ago and today we’re launching a whole new project: Seafloor Explorer. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water. The images come from HabCam, an underwater robot that takes wonderful images of the seafloor and its corals, fish, lobsters and much else
HabCam scientists need volunteers to help understand what they see in their data. At http://seafloorexplorer.org anyone can explore the HabCam images – many of which have never been seen before – and identify the creatures and terrain they see. The data you collect will be invaluable in determining the distribution of scallops, starfish and many other kinds of underwater species.
The HabCam imagery used in this project was collected in coastal regions of the Northeastern United States. To collect images, HabCam is towed from a ship and ‘flies’ approximately 2.5 m (6-8 ft.) above the seafloor, collecting six to 10 images per second. Getting help going through the millions of images collected is where you come in. We need your help to understand where these creatures are found and how they live.
We’re really excited to launch this project and hope you’ll enjoy diving under the surface to see what you can catch. Visit the new site now at http://seafloorexplorer.org. You can share your favourite images on Facebook and Twitter and we’ve also built in Talk, so you can discuss any curious creatures you spot.
You can read more on our official press release.