Monitoring Through Many Eyes


The Monitoring Through Many Eyes project is led by researchers from Queensland University of Technology, ARC Centre for Excellence in Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS) and the Institute for Future Environments. Funding was provided by the CRC for Spatial Information and the Queensland Government’s Department of Natural Resources and Mines. The project involves collaborations and/or contributions from many other research and citizen science organisations, including Reef Check Australia, the XL Catlin Global Reef Record, the University of Queensland (UQ) Global Change Institute, the UQ Remote Sensing Research Centre, and the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

Monitoring Through Many Eyes
Monitoring Through Many Eyes project components


The aim of the project is to develop an integrated citizen-science platform which can be used to engage with citizens to better monitor and manage the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). The project software platform allows crowd-sourced 2-D and 360-degree images taken by recreational and professional divers to be uploaded and geo-located within an existing digital map. Elicitation modules have been developed to allow citizens to classify benthic habitat in the images, while marine scientists can be immersed into the digital environment to elicit information about reef health issues. This expert "prior information" can be combined with existing and incoming monitoring data to build spatio-temporal predictive models used to gain a better understanding of the ecosystem, inform management decisions, and guide future data collection.

Initial stages of the Monitoring Through Many Eyes project have been completed. Details about the software development and statistical methods can be found in the following technical reports.