Democratizing Water Monitoring with Open Source Floaters

Climate Change Xplorers releases prototype plans for 3D printed, open source floaters, inviting community contributions.
BOULDER, Colo. - Sept. 27, 2023 - PRLog -- Citizen scientists now have new tools to study local water bodies with the Open IoT floaters project. This low-cost initiative offers configurable buoys to collect water quality data in various water environments. By releasing it as an early prototype, the goal is to foster open source community collaboration.

Traditional ocean and lake buoys can cost up to $500,000. In contrast, Open IoT Floaters leverages affordable DIY electronics, 3D printed components, and standard sensors, reducing costs.

Inspired by the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the land-based openiotwx, Open IoT Floaters aims to address "data deserts" by enabling local monitoring. The initial designs, available on Codeberg, include a basic floating orb and a catamaran model with enhanced sensor capacity. Both designs use spherical "orbs" with communication antennas.

Affordable sensors track water temperature, pH, salinity, and more, relaying data via cellular or satellite networks. Eco-friendly features like biodegradable materials and solar panels are incorporated. All design and software details are open on Codeberg, promoting transparent collaboration.

Decentralized buoy networks can refine predictive models and climate studies, offering insights for coastal areas and mariners. As co-stewards, citizen scientists amplify awareness about aquatic ecosystems.

While challenges persist, the prospect of democratized aquatic data is bright. We invite feedback and contributions as we explore the Open IoT floater landscape. Join this transformative journey in aquatic data collection. Visit Codeberg project at

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