DIY Oceanography

In this Oceanography section, contributing authors share all of the relevant information on a homemade sensor, instrument, or software tool(s) so that others can build, or build upon, it. The short articles also showcase how this technology was used successfully in the field.


Oceanography guest editors Emmanuel Boss and Camille Pagniello seeking contributions to DIY Oceanography. Contributions should include a list of the materials and costs, instructions on how to build, and any blueprints and codes (those could be deposited elsewhere). See Oceanography’s Author Guidelines page for detailed information on submission requirements.

A Low-Cost, DIY Ultrasonic Water Level Sensor for Education, Citizen Science, and Research
By P. Bresnahan, E. Briggs, B. Davis, A.R. Rodriguez, L. Edwards, C. Peach, N. Renner, H. Helling, and M. Merrifield

pySAS: Autonomous Solar Tracking System for Surface Water Radiometric Measurements
By N. Haëntjens, K. Forsythe, B. Denholm, J. Loftin, and E. Boss

An Optical Imaging System for Capturing Images in Low-Light Aquatic Habitats Using Only Ambient Light
By C.M.L.S. Pagniello, J. Butler, A. Rosen, A. Sherwood, P.L.D. Roberts, P.E. Parnell, J.S. Jaffe, and A. Širovic

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