Under water Kelp forests mapped in citizen science project

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Kelp forests grow along roughly 25 percent of the world’s coastlines and provide valuable habitat and nutrients for many types of aquatic life. They also play an important role in the oceans carbon cycle and absorb nutrients that wash from land into the sea. The “Floating Forests” project is shedding light on how these underwater kelp forests are affected by climate change. The project is using NASA satellite data to observe changes in kelp forests over a period of more than four decades. The researchers rely on an international team of nearly 3,500 citizen scientists to mark the bright green kelp forests, which stand in stark contrast to the deep blues of the ocean in the images.

Source: Blue Carbon Portal

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