Virtual Reef Diver

The Virtual Reef Diver project has had two lives. In it’s first life (2015-2016), it was the Monitoring Through Many Eyes project led by researchers from Queensland University of Technology and funded by the CRC for Spatial Information and the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

The aim of the project was to develop an integrated citizen-science platform, which can be used to engage with citizens to better monitor and manage the GBR.

The software platform allows crowd-sourced 2-D and 360-degree imagery taken by recreational and professional divers to be uploaded and geo-located within an existing digital map. Online classification modules have been developed to allow regular citizens to classify benthic habitat (e.g. hard coral, algae, sand) in the images. This expert “prior information” is combined with coral cover monitoring data from multiple professional monitoring groups to build spatio-temporal predictive models used to 1) gain a better understanding of the ecosystem, 2) inform spatially explicit management decisions, and 3) guide future data collection.

The original project allowed us to engage and build collaborations with a wide variety of professional and citizen-science organisations who are actively monitoring the reef. With their help, we were able to build a proof-of-concept, which demonstrated that we can extract useful management information from a wide variety of existing data sources. As a result, the Monitoring Through Many Eyes project has been selected as the ABC Science annual citizen science project for 2018! National Science week runs from August 11-18th and the ABC will be actively promoting it through their own channels and those external to the ABC.

 

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Current Team Members:

  • DProf Kerrie Mengersen
  • Dr Ross Brown
  • Gavin Winter
  • Dr Julie Vercelloni
  • Dr Edgar Santos-Fernandez
  • Thom Saunders
  • Allan James
  • Em Rushworth
  • Sarah Quijano
  • Amanda Dunne
  • Tim Gurnett

 

Past Team Members:

  • DProf Kerrie Mengersen
  • Dr Ross Brown
  • Dr Julie Vercelloni
  • Bryce Christensen
  • Alan Pearse
  • Dr Sam Clifford
  • Dr Carla Ewels
  • Allan James
  • Lyle Mansell (Qld DNRME)
  • Dr Tomasz Bednarz
  • Dr Ken Anthony
  • Dr Julian Caley
  • Zachery Van Haaften-Thompson
  • Sarah Quijano

 

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