You Can Help:  Saving Reefs By Using Citizen Scientists

by Kirby

Ever wanted to see a coral reef up close? What until now has been a privilege reserved to a small minority is about to become something millions of us can (virtually) do.

Scientists have hit on a way to harness 360-degree panoramas from Google’s underwater street-view format in order to let anyone with access to a computer see reefs in real time.

The project – which will allow ecologists to harness this distributed power to study how coral reefs are responding to climate change – was presented at INTECOL, the world’s largest international ecology meeting, in London this week.

Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg of the University of Queensland, Australia, leads the research associated with the Catlin Seaview Survey. It aims to create a baseline record of the world’s coral reefs, in high-resolution 360-degree panoramic vision…

(read more: Climate Central)

photos: T - Albert Kok/Wikimedia; B - Paul Toogood/Flickr

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