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Brooklyn Atlantis citizen science project uses robot boats in Gowanus

Part of the citizen science movement that crowdsources field research, a team at NYU-Poly is working on Brooklyn Atlantis, which is using robotic boats to monitor and record data about the Gowanus Canal's famously polluted waters


Citizen Science is a great way to get normal people engaged in the work of understanding our world.

For residents who live near a stunningly polluted waterway — like, say,the gross Gowanus Canal – it might also be a way to help locals understand just how much the quality of nearby waterways should concern them.

One such project from a team at NYU-Poly is Brooklyn Atlantis, which is using robotic boats to monitor and record data about the Gowanus waters — though the site might leave something to be desired in terms of direction for its would-be citizen scientists. The goal, though, is an interesting one.

 

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