Three-year project to map world’s main coral reef

Three-year project to map world’s main coral reef

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Bermuda: Catlin Seaview Survey, a Bermuda-based group, is gathering comparable information on how coral reefs are faring around the world. They are hoping to map the entire world’s main coral reef over a three year period.

“Catlin Seaview Survey” have already photographed the length of the Great Barrier Reef, and they announced they are now expanding their efforts into the Caribbean and Bermuda. The pictures and footage they take will be made publicly available and will provide a baseline snapshot that researchers can refer to when looking at how corals have responded to future climate change. The survey relies on several specialised panoramic cameras, capable of taking multiple pictures at a time every three seconds. The cameras are attached to a motorised scooter steered by a diver, which drives the camera forward. The camera set-up is 16 times faster than other similar technologies at cataloguing data, says project director Richard Vevers. “We”re hoping that it will allow us to map all the world”s main coral reefs over a three year period.” Globally, it is estimated that coral reefs help support half a billion people through tourist revenue as well as protecting the shoreline from erosion and storm surges.

Source: newscientist.com