Innovative new DiveViz App seeks to bring consistent and accurate ocean visibility reports and forecasts.
The goal of the DiveViz team is to provide the most-accurate representation of what a dive site would be like, before having to enter the water, therefore ensuring that the millions of scuba divers and snorkellers know when to plan their dives for the most-enjoyable experience and highest safety.
DiveViz is an app and algorithm to communicate accurate real-time and forecasted ocean visibility reports. The platform is a prognostic tool that will lead to more co-ordinated and timely responses to high-visibility events for the recreational, commercial, scientific, and military diving communities and improve advanced activity planning for all ocean activities.
DiveViz is working to use predictive analytics and machine learning to address the numerous influences that must be accounted for in visibility forecasting, including physical factors like currents, wind, waves, storm patterns, near-shore rainfall, upwelling strength, and thermohaline circulation, as well as biological factors including algae blooms, nutrient inputs, and human activity, but without any historic ocean visibility data researchers cannot begin this analysis.
DiveViz will be engaging with the recreational diving community to crowdsource the first dataset of visibility reports and, in collaboration with the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, begin refining the forecasting algorithm.
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