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Surfing for science

29 July 2015

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Thanks to a new system developed by scientists in the UK, taking to the waves for a spot of surfing can benefit research into the health of coastal waters, and could help confirm satellite measurements of sea-surface temperature.

The system, developed by Plymouth Marine Laboratory and partly funded through ESA's Earth Observation Support to Science Element, allows surfers to measure the temperature of the sea every time they head for the surf.

Potentially, this could provide 40 million in situ measurements per year around the UK alone, yielding unique information about the coastline.

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