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.

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. This feature is coming soon!

Explore: Virtual reality interfaces can also be accessed via the Google Play store, enabling anyone with an internet connection to immerse themselves in, and virtually explore 360-degree images of the Great Barrier Reef.

Become a citizen scientist and classify underwater images in Virtual Reef Diver and you could win a GoPro Hero 6 camera – allowing you to take all number of amazing shots, including underwater shots of the Great Barrier Reef.

MEET THE PROJECT TEAM

COORDINATORS/SCIENTISTS

DR JULIE VERCELLONI

RESEARCH FELLOW
GCI & ACEMS, UQ
DR JULIE VERCELLONI

DR ERIN PETERSON

PROJECT LEADER
IFE & ACEMS, QUT
DR ERIN PETERSON

PROF. KERRIE MENGERSEN

DISTINGUISHED PROFFESSOR
ACEMS, QUT
PROF. KERRIE MENGERSEN

DR ROSS BROWN

SENIOR LECTURER
EECS, QUT
DR ROSS BROWN

THOM SAUNDERS

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
IFE VISER, QUT
THOM SAUNDERS

KYLIE ANDREWS

SCIENCE PRODUCER
ABC
KYLIE ANDREWS

GAVIN WINTER

PROJECT LEADER
IFE VISER, QUT
GAVIN WINTER

SPECIALISTS/RESEARCHERS

TREVOR SMITH

DIVE INDUSTRY CONSULTANT
DIVE2GO

EDGAR SANTOS FERNANDES

RESEARCH FELLOW
ACEMS, QUT

MATTHEW RUSHWORTH

PHD STUDENT
ACEMS, QUT

TAMARA PEARCE

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
IFE, QUT

CHRIS ROELFSEMA

SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW
RSRC, UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND

JENNIFER LODER

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS & PARTNERSHIPS
REEF CHECK AUSTRALIA

Manuel González-Rivero

RESEARCH SCIENTIST
AIMS

PATRICIA MENENDEZ

STATISTICIAN
AIMS

AMY RAWSON

RESEARCH ASSISTANT
IFE, QUT

COMMUNICATIONS

AMANDA DUNNE

SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
IFE, QUT

SIMONE LONG

ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
SEF, QUT

TIM MACUGA

MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
ACEMS, QUT

KATE HAGGMAN

SEF COMMUNICATION MANAGER
QUT

DEVELOPERS

ALLAN JAMES

VR DEVELOPER
IFE VISER, QUT

SARAH QUIJANO

UX & UI DESIGNER
IFE VISER, QUT

DIMPLE MODI

WEB APPLICATION DEVELOPER
IFE VISER, QUT

TIM GURNETT

SENIOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPER
IFE VISER, QUT

DATA/IMAGE CONTRIBUTORS

AIMS

UQ GLOBAL CHANGE INSTITUTE

REEF CHECK AUSTRALIA

UQ REMOTE SENSING RESEARCH CENTRE

UNDERWATER EARTH

PHOTOGRAPHY

SOTA YAMAGUCHI

UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER
PASSIONS OF PARADISE
SOTA YAMAGUCHI

TREVOR SMITH

PADI COURSE DIRECTOR
DIVE2GO
TREVOR SMITH