Photo courtesy of: The University of Quebec at Rimouski

Environmental Impact Governance

As a part of our mission, Sofar Ocean is committed to responsible environmental practices when it comes to the development and deployment of our sensors. To that end, here are the steps we take to minimize our environmental impact:
  • We track all of our buoys through GPS. We know where they are at all times, and monitor them for problems via satellite.
  • We offset the presence of our buoy network by removing 21,000 pieces of plastic waste from the oceans each month (5,000 kgs per year) through Plastic Bank.
  • We have a buoy bounty program. When our buoys go off-grid, we have a program in place to retrieve them and reward the individuals who recover them.
  • The latest version of the Spotter buoy is built using a biodegradable hull that dissolves after its useful lifespan.
  • Approximately 1,390 cargo containers fall off ships each year. This is a massive source of ocean pollution. While we believe that any plastic pollution is problematic, we also recognize that our products are significantly offset. If our network prevents even one cargo container from falling overboard, we have offset our potential pollution.

Our Climate Commitment

The ocean drives weather and climate. Reliable and robust ocean data is central to understanding our changing planet. To help progress science and research, we are committing up to $1M dollars worth of our data to researchers and NGOs focused on understanding ocean dynamics and mitigating the effects of climate change on our planet and weather. 

The IPCC’s Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate was blunt and sobering. The ocean plays a critical role in our climate, and the collection of high-quality ocean data at sufficient scale and density to improve our understanding and models remains a formidable challenge.

We’re committed to doing our part. That work starts by providing the global research community with more and better data.

If you're a researcher interested in using our data, or adding research instruments to our platform, please send a short description of you, your research, and your goals to