ABOUT VIRTUAL REEF DIVER

Virtual Reef Diver is a collaboration between scientists, managers, citizens, data
analysts, marine explorers and reef operators working together to record, analyse
and predict coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef.

The aim of the project is to tap into the power of citizen science to dramatically
increase the amount of monitoring data within the Great Barrier Reef, and then
translate these crowd-sourced data into valuable information that managers can
use to make better decisions.

Virtual Reef Diver is funded by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s partnership
with the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and our partners listed below.

PROJECT BACKGROUND

INSIGHT INTO THE PROJECT

The aim of the project is to tap into the power of citizen science to dramatically increase the amount of monitoring data within the Great Barrier Reef, and then translate these crowd-sourced data into valuable information that managers can use to make better decisions.

The web-based interface provides a way for citizens to classify hard coral in thousands of underwater images and contribute to a growing dataset used to monitor the condition of the Reef.

How to help:

Classifier: Help classify hard coral found in underwater images submitted by professional monitoring teams, reef operators, and citizens so that these data can be used to predict coral cover across the Great Barrier Reef.

Photographer: Submit underwater images taken on your trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Your photos are then available for you or other citizens to classify.

MEET THE PROJECT TEAM

PROJECT LEADERS

DR ERIN PETERSON

PROJECT LEADER
ACEMS/EP Consulting
DR ERIN PETERSON

DR JULIE VERCELLONI

RESEARCH FELLOW
ACEMS/QUT
DR JULIE VERCELLONI

PROF. KERRIE MENGERSEN

DISTINGUISHED PROFFESSOR
ACEMS, QUT
PROF. KERRIE MENGERSEN

SPECIALISTS/RESEARCHERS

AMY STRINGER

RESEARCH ASSISTANT
ACEMS, QUT

BRYCE CHRISTENSEN

SENIOR WEB RESEARCHER
ACEMS, QUT

CHRIS ROELFSEMA

SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW
RSRC, UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND

CHRISTINE ROPER

SCIENCE COORDINATOR
GBR LEGACY

DEAN MILLER

MANAGING DIRECTOR
GBR LEGACY

EDGAR SANTOS-FERNÁNDEZ

RESEARCH FELLOW
ACEMS, QUT

JENNIFER LODER

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
GBR Foundation

Manuel González-Rivero

RESEARCH SCIENTIST
AIMS

TANYA DODGEN

ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
ACEMS, QUT

TIM MACUGA

MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
ACEMS, QUT

DATA/IMAGE CONTRIBUTORS

AIMS

GBR LEGACY

REEF CHECK AUSTRALIA

UNDERWATER EARTH

UQ GLOBAL CHANGE INSTITUTE

UQ REMOTE SENSING RESEARCH CENTRE

REEF PHOTOGRAPHERS

SOTA YAMAGUCHI

UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER
PASSIONS OF PARADISE
SOTA YAMAGUCHI

TERRY CUMMINS

Reef Expert
DIVE QUEENSLAND
TERRY CUMMINS

TREVOR SMITH

PADI COURSE DIRECTOR
DIVE2GO
TREVOR SMITH

PAST TEAM MEMBERS

ALLAN JAMES

VR DEVELOPER
IFE VISER, QUT

AMANDA DUNNE

SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
IFE, QUT

AMY RAWSON

RESEARCH ASSISTANT
IFE, QUT

ASSOC. PROF. ROSS BROWN

SENIOR LECTURER
EECS, QUT

DIMPLE MODI

WEB APPLICATION DEVELOPER
IFE VISER, QUT

GAVIN WINTER

PROJECT LEADER
IFE VISER, QUT

KATE HAGGMAN

SEF COMMUNICATION MANAGER
QUT

KYLIE ANDREWS

SCIENCE PRODUCER
ABC

MATTHEW RUSHWORTH

PHD STUDENT
ACEMS, QUT

PATRICIA MENENDEZ

STATISTICIAN
AIMS

SARAH QUIJANO

UX & UI DESIGNER
IFE VISER, QUT

SIMONE LONG

ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
SEF, QUT

TAMARA PEARCE

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
IFE, QUT

THOM SAUNDERS

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
IFE VISER, QUT

TIM GURNETT

SENIOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPER
IFE VISER, QUT

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