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Ocean Bites

OceanBites began as a sister site of AstroBites.org, and now is part of the Bites Sites family of science blog sites, with the common goal of sharing scientific information translated by experts. The specific goal of OceanBites is to make cutting edge research accessible to all by explaining exciting recent literature in all oceanographic and marine biology fields in a way that non-experts can understand. OceanBites also highlights classic research papers, shares features about what it's like to be a grad student in oceanography, and offers commentary about current issues and experiences in research.

Bridge DATA: Coral Snapshots

While it is possible to survey a coral reef using quadrats, scientists are now using technology to closely examine the entire reef; instead of extrapolating results from several study sites. Scientists at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science are taking video of reefs and then analyzing it via a computer program back in the lab. This method cuts down on the inherent error associated with the quadrat system and actually requires less time and money spent in the field.

The Bridge's own DATA Series is made up of lesson plans (DATA Tips) on many ocean science topics that explore the world of water using the language of science: mathematics. Learn more about the DATA Series.

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