ClimateWatch

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National Science Week roundup

3 September 2014

ClimateWatch was involved in at least five National Science Week activities this year in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia. More than 200 people submitted over 500 ClimateWatch observations during the week!

One of the main events was a ClimateWatch Marine survey Shelly Beach in Eden as part of the Sapphire Coast Science Festival. Earthwatch took part in the festival and ClimateWatch Program Manager Dr Linden Ashcroft presented on the impact of climate change on our marine ecosystems.

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ClimateWatchers young and old conducting a marine survey at Shelly Beach in Eden. Image: Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre.

About 20 people from grandparents to grandchildren then took part in the survey, searching different parts of the rocky shore for ClimateWatch indicator species. After that there was a free play with people looking for whatever they could find. Molluscs, anemones, sea stars and kelp were very common, along with a few barnacles and the occasional urchin. ClimateWatchers also spotted an orange side-gilled slug, two nudibranchs, a brittle sea star and some seals!

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Uploading the data from the ClimateWatch Marine survey. Image: Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre.

The ClimateWatch Marine survey was part of Oceans Connected, an international marine citizen science partner program. As the Eden team packed up for the day, volunteers in the northern UK conducted their own coastal survey for comparison as part of the Big Sea Survey citizen science project. Keep an eye on the Oceans Connected Facebook page for more information on how they went!