Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Message in a Bottle Tracked on Google Maps

Project Niu

Project Niu is a Hawaiian K-12 science curriculum experiment designed to give students hands-on experience of the technologies used in remotely monitoring the ocean. The project involves tracking high tech "messages in a bottle" that are set afloat in the Pacific Ocean.

The set adrift 'bottles' follow a path similar to floating marine debris, giving students a personal understanding of the widespread damage that can be caused by careless or irresponsible actions.

The site uses Google Maps to track the 'bottles' as they drift in the Pacific Ocean. The map includes tools for pupils to measure distances on the map and draw projected paths. Visitors to the site can also have a go at guessing where the bottle will end up.

The bottles are also collecting data whilst on their journeys. This data on temperature, wave height, humidity etc. can also be viewed on the Project Niu website.

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