In the latest episode of the TechCrunch podcast, the team behind the ocean mapping service WaveBuddy talks about the challenges in deploying the service in the wild.
In the episode, the podcast hosts discuss what is and isn’t possible to map on the sea floor, and how WaveBuddies solution is built around a combination of algorithms and the wave data gathered from the ocean.
In the podcast, Peltiers team shares some of their data, which they’ve gathered over the last five months.”
The thing we’ve learned is that in order to have a good map, you’ve got to have good data.”
In the podcast, Peltiers team shares some of their data, which they’ve gathered over the last five months.
The data, they say, comes from a combination, including satellite imagery and marine data from the US Navy.
Pelties team has already mapped out the coastline using this data, and has already begun to map the water.
Peltier says the ocean data is extremely valuable because it allows the team to map areas that were previously inaccessible because of weather conditions.
WaveBusters team has also developed an algorithm that can identify the location of specific points in the ocean that would be useful for navigation.
We are able to take this information, this ocean data, map it, and it allows us to pinpoint where we are.
The mapping is a really valuable tool for the community,” Peltieri says.
This map from the WaveBuster team shows the ocean surface.
Pelier points out that there are several ways in which the data can be used to help map the sea.
For example, WaveBusters team can use this data to identify where a particular part of the ocean is likely to be, or to see where it intersects a particular coastline.
In addition, Piltier says Wavebuddy can use the data to map large areas of the sea, which can help identify areas where there are natural hazards such as wave surges or waves.
We do have this map, we know where the coastline is, and the next step is to go find out where the next wave is going to come from.
We want to know when that wave is coming from, where it is going, and where it will be hitting us, Pileer says.
Wavebuster’s team also has an algorithm to automatically predict the locations of individual waves that would impact the coastlines.
Pileier says that the team is looking into using this mapping data to track potential hazards in the water and the environment, including potential pollution.
WaveBusters can also use the sea data to help predict the path of a hurricane, which could help the company find the location where a hurricane is headed.”
In a hurricane like this, the coastline of your island can be one of the first things that gets knocked off.
We have the ability to find out what’s going on in the environment that is affecting your coast,” Pileier explains.”
We’re also looking at mapping storm surge, we’re looking at the wave heights and the direction of the waves, and so that we can do all of that and have a map of the storm that is coming.
“If we can tell us when the waves are coming, and then have a visual map of that, then we can map out where to go, which helps us to know exactly where to be when a hurricane hits.””
We are looking at things like when the storm is coming, how fast it’s going, the wind speed, the height, the water temperature, how much the ocean has changed,” Piltiers says.
“If we can tell us when the waves are coming, and then have a visual map of that, then we can map out where to go, which helps us to know exactly where to be when a hurricane hits.”
Peltiers points out in his own podcast that WaveBumper can also be used as a tool for detecting sea level rise, but not in the immediate area.
“In the immediate areas, there are not the tsunami waves that we see around the world, so we can’t do that mapping,” Pelier says.
Instead, Wave Busters can be deployed to areas that are affected by hurricanes, or if the water is changing, Pothier says they can use data from satellite imagery to look for changes in the waves in the area.
Wave Buster also has a map for people to use to track where the water level is dropping, and also to see how much water is flowing.
In this example, the Wave Bumper team has mapped out a beach on a beach, and they have mapped out areas where the beach is likely going to be affected.
They then have used this information to figure out where people are, and their immediate areas.
Pilots like Peltius are excited about WaveBuckers mission, which will provide a better understanding of how storms affect coastal areas around the globe.