How on Earth did we do it?
DiveViz, LLC. has developed an app and algorithm to communicate accurate real-time and forecasted ocean visibility reports. The platform is a prognostic tool that will lead to more coordinated and timely responses to high visibility events for the recreational, commercial, scientific, and military diving communities and improve advanced activity planning for all ocean activities. DiveViz is working to use predictive analytics and machine learning to address the numerous influences that must be accounted for in visibility forecasting, including physical factors like currents, wind, waves, storm patterns, near shore rainfall, upwelling strength, and thermohaline circulation, as well as biological factors including algae blooms, nutrient inputs, and human activity, but without any historic ocean visibility data researchers cannot begin this analysis. DiveViz will be engaging with the recreational diving community to crowdsource the first dataset of visibility reports and in collaboration with the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, begin refining the forecasting algorithm.
Funding from NOAA Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) grant. [Learn More]
“In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught.”― Baba Dioum
Our goal is to get people in the ocean, because the more people under the surface, the more they will come to understand its importance; by directly witnessing what's under the surface people are able to feel a stronger connection and with that a stronger sense of empathy. The key to getting people to participate in conservation is to create empathy, for them to feel a connection to the issue at hand. Too many people are disconnected from the ocean; we believe that by enticing as many people as possible into the water that we can help grow the community of passionate ocean advocates.