How To Save The Great Barrier Reef (From Your Sofa!)

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“One of many biggest challenges to the Nice Barrier Reef is that a lot of the world believes it’s already gone. We’re out right here right now, and we will inform you it undoubtedly just isn't.”

Andy Ridley, CEO, Residents of the Nice Barrier Reef

What's the Nice Reef Census? 

Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef is main a world-first citizen science undertaking to check the effectiveness of mass-scale human engagement in a big underwater analysis venture. On this case, anybody with web entry can play elementary a task in figuring out the well being of the most important reef system on the earth!

As PADI Divers, we already know the potential worth of citizen science (Dive Against Debris). Now, The Great Reef Census presents a brand new, promising alternative to mobilize tens of millions of PADI divers to conduct evaluation of some 12,000+ pictures of the world’s extra iconic reef. If profitable, this pilot challenge might result in many extra tasks of its type throughout the globe, offering an correct snapshot of reef well being that can be utilized to advance protections and inform correct administration of coral reef ecosystems. 

The challenge is split into two levels.

Stage 1 (which we discussed in this Torchbearer Q&A) was about working with divers and marine tourism operators to seize pictures of the Nice Barrier Reef. This stage surpassed expectations and the workforce now have hundreds of high quality pictures to evaluate. That is the place you are available…

Stage 2 is about analyzing these photographs. Researchers from the College of Queensland have finished a primary cross at picture evaluation and now they want your assist to ‘full the image’. If the evaluation from each teams is complimentary, then the proof shall be thought-about correct and the mannequin rolled out to different iconic and essential coral reefs throughout the ocean. 

Why is that this knowledge helpful? Don’t we have already got fashions?

Properly… sure. Fashions do exist, however to date they span giant areas and have been confirmed considerably inaccurate. Big areas of reef are categorized on a scale of most weak to least weak, and from Stage 1 of this pilot undertaking, on a regular basis citizen scientists are realizing our predictions are lower than good. That’s meant areas of the reef in a way more dire state than predicted, but in addition areas pinned as weak being discovered to be surprisingly wholesome. That is nice information! Nevertheless it additionally means we have to do extra to construct an correct image of what's truly happening beneath the waves, so conservation advocates and key choice makers have the proof needed to place larger protections in place. 

How do I come into this? 

From the 16th February, anybody (wherever you're on the planet) can log onto the web and go to greatreefcensus.org. There, you’ll discover extra details about the undertaking and a hyperlink to analyse the info. The expertise has been “gamified”, and you may anticipate to be proven pictures of the reef – lots of which taken by PADI Divers. It’s estimated that your first evaluation will take round 5 minutes, however when you’ve obtained the cling of issues, you’ll be analyzing just like the wind! It includes choosing out options e.g. coral varieties, rubble and so on. and coloring in areas together with your mouse. Easy! 

Can anybody become involved? 

YES!!! The extra the higher! With a view to roll this out globally, the group have to proof widespread help for this new trendy technique of surveying. Whether or not you’re on the lookout for one thing to entertain your youngsters with in lockdown or diving on a regular basis (or someplace in between), go forward and test it out for your self. Should you’re a diving skilled fascinated by getting a survey going in your native reef, then become involved now within the evaluation stage (and write to Andy to flag your curiosity on andy@citizensgbr.org). 

Too typically, we're flooded by dangerous information concerning the state of nature and local weather change. It may possibly appear to be there’s nothing we will do to be a part of the answer. THIS is that probability to be a part of the answer. Don’t miss out in your probability to create a legacy you may be pleased with. 

Take Motion: Head to greatreefcensus.org and get analyzing! (Evaluation launches on Feb 16th)

To remain updated on updates and different ocean-saving actions, be a part of the PADI Torchbearer Group at padi.com/onebillion

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