Color by Numbers Measuring Dates & Times
Wednesday, June 13, 10:47 AM – 11:47 AM
Thursday, June 14, 11:40 AM – 12:40 PM
Friday, June 15, 12:33 PM – 1:33 PM
Tuesday, June 26, 10:31 AM – 11:31 AM
Wednesday, June 27, 11:14 AM – 12:14 PM
Thursday, June 28, 11:54 AM – 12:54 PM
Friday, June 29, 12:32 PM – 1:32 PM
Thursday, July 12, 10:26 AM – 11:26 AM
Friday, July 13, 11:22 AM – 12:22 PM
Saturday, July 14, 12:17 PM – 1:17 PM
Wednesday, July 25, 10:07 AM – 11:07 AM
Thursday , July 26, 10:50 AM – 11:50 AM
Friday, July 27, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Saturday, July 28, 12:07 PM – 1:07 PM
Sunday, July 29, 12:42 PM – 1:42 PM
Friday, August 10, 10:09 AM – 11:09 AM
Saturday, August 11, 11:05 AM – 12:05 PM
Sunday, August 12, 11:58 AM – 12:58 PM
Monday, August 13, 12:50 PM – 1:50 PM
Friday, August 24, 10:21 AM – 11:21 AM
Saturday, August 25, 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sunday, August 26, 11:35 AM – 12:35 PM
Monday , August 27, 12:09 PM – 1:09 PM
Tuesday, August 28, 12:42 PM – 1:42 PM
Sunday, September 9, 10:47 AM – 11:47 AM
Monday, September 10, 11:38 AM – 12:38 PM
Tuesday, September 11, 12:27 PM – 1:27 PM
Sunday, September 23, 10:24 AM – 11:24 AM
Monday, September 24, 10:59 AM – 11:59 AM
Tuesday, September 25, 11:33 AM – 12:33 PM
Wednesday, September 26, 12:06 PM – 1:06 PM
Thursday, September 27, 12:41 PM – 1:41 PM
Monday, October 8, 10:29 AM – 11:29 AM
Tuesday, October 9, 11:17 AM – 12:17 PM
Wednesday, October 10, 12:03 PM – 1:03 PM
Thursday , October 11, 12:47 PM – 1:47 PM
Tuesday, October 23, 10:20 AM – 11:20 AM
Wednesday, October 24, 10:56 AM – 11:56 AM
Thursday, October 25, 11:32 PM – 12:32 PM
Friday, October 26, 12:10 PM – 1:10 PM
Saturday, October 27, 12:52 PM – 1:52 PM
To print a list of these dates, go to: https://www.cascobay.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018-Color-by-Numbers-Measuring-Dates-and-Times.pdf
To add these dates as a calendar in Google Calendar:
- On a computer, go to this link and download the calendar file: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/cascobay.org_0ub5vgo7fa2vcpgh2icfp761ds%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
Import events into Google Calendar
After you’ve exported your events, you can import them into Google Calendar.
- Open Google Calendar on a computer. Note: You can only import from a computer, not a phone or tablet.
- In the top right, click Settings
- Click Import & Export.
- Click Select file from your computer and select the file you exported. The file should end in “ics”.
- Choose which calendar to add the imported events to. By default, events will be imported into your primary calendar.
- Click Import.
To add these dates as a calendar for and iPhone, iPad, or Outlook:
Click this link and follow the prompts to add the events to you calendar: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/cascobay.org_0ub5vgo7fa2vcpgh2icfp761ds%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
Color by Numbers Frequently Asked Questions
I’m not feeling tech savvy enough to do the registration process because it seems really involved. Maybe I shouldn’t participate?
We’d love to help you get set up. The video and/or the manual should provide all the info you need. If not, you can call Sarah at (207) 370-7553. She’s happy to help! Usually she can help you resolve your problem quickly over the phone. It is a bummer that registration can seem so difficult!
I’m having trouble accessing the EyeOnWater website.
Try clearing your browser cache: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-clear-your-browser-cache/
I’m not sure I’m picking the right color. The colors on the scale look really similar and I’m worried that I’m not seeing it clearly enough. What should I do?
- Make your color selection based on the color of the water you are seeing, rather than the photo on your phone. Oftentimes, the actual water and the image look like different colors to you, so choose the color based on the real thing!
- When on the color selection screen, at the very bottom you can see a mini version of the whole 21 color scale. Above, each of the 3 “colors” in a bar are actually one color, with 3 variations of that color.
- When making your color selection, you are doing exactly the right thing by choosing the closest match. The tint, tone, or shade (how black, white, or gray it is) does not matter.
- Try turning up the brightness on your phone to see the scale better. Just remember to turn it back down afterward to conserve your phone’s battery life.
- If you are having trouble in the sunlight seeing the screen, see if there is a shady spot to view the scale more easily or create some shade using your body. The human eye can accurately match colors when viewed simultaneously, so make sure you can still look at the color bars and the water at the same time.
- Volunteers and staff are finding that practice helps, and that your proficiency in judging color improves with practice.
- It is fine that the FU values you chose and the app calculated are different; that is something we expect to look at in our analyses.
Can I get feedback on my measurement?
It is difficult for us to provide feedback on your measurements. Please know that the value of this project is in the the quantity of measurements taken. Keep participating, and we think you’ll start to feel more confident. Read the tips in the previous question; if you still have questions, give Sarah a call at (207) 370-7553.
Must the water surface be sunlit? Can I take measurements on overcast days?
The surface does not need to be sunlit, so you can take measurements on a cloudy day. On those days, don’t worry about where the sun would be if it were shining. During this pilot phase of the project, we need all different kinds of measurements. Taking measurements on cloudy days may help us understand how taking measurements under different conditions may be affected by weather conditions.
What about rainy days?
Yes, you can take measurements in the rain, as long as you can do so safely, keeping in mind that surfaces may be slippery. And don’t go out if there is lightning! Just be sure to answer/slide the toggle for the “Is it raining?” question on the send screen.
Are reflections and shadows a problem? On sunny days, the light makes it hard to take a measurement because a reflection is created in the photo or my shadow or a shadow from the dock or the boat is in the image.
Reflections and shadows are allowed, although do try to minimize reflections. Move your position slightly to try to avoid getting foam, debris, or other floating objects in your photo if you can. Make your color selection based on the color of the water you are seeing, over the photo on your phone. This is the best thing to do if the actual water and the image look like different colors to you, which happens a lot. During this pilot year, the more photos we have, the better informed we will be as we consider refinements and future efforts.
Zooming in may help.
- On iPhone: you have to do it before you take the photo. As you prepare to take the photo, you will see two boxes, and the smaller box has small circles with arrows in them in the corner. place your thumb and index finger on these two circles and use that to “pinch and zoom” or crop the area, then press the camera button.
- On Android: pinch and zoom the photo after you take it.
How close should I be to the water’s surface?
You don’t have to be that close. We take measurements off the Southern Maine Community College Pier, many feet above the water.
What should I do when my phone freezes or doesn’t let me take the photo? Using the back button doesn’t seem to work.
If your phone freezes or you need to go back a step in the app, we suggest closing and then reopening the app, and then start from the beginning of the process.
iPhone 8 or earlier
1. Double-click the Home button to show your most recently used apps.
2. Swipe right or left to find the app that you want to close.
3. Swipe up on the app’s preview to close the app.
Because each model is different, do a google search for how to do this on your phone.
How can I check if my photo uploaded correctly?
Images are visible almost immediately under the Global section, so you can quickly determine there whether or not your upload was successful. Your readings are not visible immediately in the My Measurements section of the website; usually takes a few hours.
Should I take measurements outside of these times?
Can I take a test measurement?
Sure. We ask that you only submit measurements during the selected times; however, you can walk through all of the steps, just don’t click the green send button on the screen with the map.
Are you asking us to take photos at the same location each day? Or can we move to different locations?
Either way works for us! We want this effort to be easy to take part in, so we welcome photos from the same or different locations, based on where it is convenient for you to participate at the measuring times.
We need measurements from multiple people at the same location and we also want to get measurements at as many locations around the Bay as possible. Consider helping us fill in the observation map which can be seen here: http://www.eyeonwater.org/content/map.php?map_type=color&menu=2
What should I do if I made a mistake and hit send and I wasn’t ready?
You can find your measurement on the eyeonwater website and click on the date and time to open the details. In that new window, click the green “Flag This” button.
Color by Numbers metrics so far this year:
Number of measurements: 643
Number of active Volunteers: 62
- See the measurements here.
Color by Numbers resources:
- A 2016 Portland Press Herald Article covering Dr. Wiliam Balch and the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences research on the color of the Gulf of Maine. We consulted Dr. Balch as we decided to launch the Color by Numbers pilot project. The article notes the “decades-long shift toward yellower waters is most noticeable along Maine’s coastal areas.” As a Color by Numbers Volunteer, you are taking measurements that we hope will expand the understanding of this in Casco Bay. If you want more scientific background on the Forel-Ule scale and the importance of measuring color, you can read this scientific journal article.
- This scientific journal article includes background on the Forel-Ule scale and the importance of measuring color
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Color by Numbers video (this link takes you back to the top of this page)
- A list of the optimal color measuring days between now and the end of October