The Ocean is Swimming with Data

Oct 8, 2015

Data. It’s everywhere. You can’t go anywhere without hearing about it. But who would have thought data would be in the ocean? I sure didn’t! The world is creating so much data but what are we going to do with it? How are we going to turn it into useful information?

As always, I do my daily morning sweep of the news and today I found an article about data tackling the big open waters of the ocean. To my surprise there is much data to be captured. But with water covering 70% of the earth it makes sense that valuable information lurks in the waters. There are endless ocean sensors that collect data for government and privately owned companies. Seeing as how it is dangerous and impossible to reach all areas of the ocean, these sensors are the closest humans will ever get to understanding the complex and harsh waters. All of this data is consolidated to tell stories about the ocean and its inhabitants.

This article talks about how useful the data is for oil and gas companies to have the capability of measuring the currents in feasibility studies to build rigs and identify and understand environmental risks. The ocean data is allowing researchers to track marine life to monitor the effects from ships, and fishermen to detect safe waters for casting a line, the movement of fish and if fish are essentially contaminated and could no longer be safe for consumers.

It’s amazing how much technology has evolved and that we can actually map the entire ocean through data. The ocean holds a wealth of information and the value of this information should certainly not be underestimated.

Click here to read the full article I came across. And I strongly recommend reading more on “catching data” in the ocean – you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what you discover!