Citizen Science for the Sea with Information Technologies: An Open Platform for Gathering Marine Data and Marine Litter Detection from Leisure Boat Instruments

Publication Date: 10/9/2023

Event: IEEE eScience 2023

Reference: pp. 1-9

Authors: Ciro Giuseppe De Vita, University of Naples “Parthenope”; Gennaro Mellone, University of Naples “Parthenope”; Dante D. Sanchez-Gallegos, University of Madrid Carlos III; Giuseppe Coviello, NEC Laboratories America, Inc.; Diego Romano, Inst. for High Performance Computing and Networking (ICAR), National Research Council (CNR); Marco Lapegna, University of Naples “Federico II”; Angelo Ciaramella, University of Naples “Parthenope”

Abstract: Data crowdsourcing is an increasingly pervasive and lifestyle-changing technology due to the flywheel effect that results from the interaction between the Internet of Things and Cloud Computing. This paper presents the Citizen Science for the Sea with Information Technologies (C4Sea-IT) framework. It is an open platform for gathering marine data from leisure boat instruments. C4Sea-IT aims to provide a coastal marine data gathering, moving, processing, exchange, and sharing platform using the existing navigation instruments and sensors for today’s leisure and professional vessels. In this work, a use case for the detection and tracking of marine litter is shown. The final goal is weather/ocean forecasts argumentation with Artificial Intelligence prediction models trained with crowdsourced data.

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