Each year, billions of pounds of trash and other pollutants enter the ocean. Some of the debris ends up on our beaches, washed in with the waves and tides. Waste then sink, eaten by animals that mistake it for food or accumulate in ocean gyres. Despite the economic benefits of tourism, beach managers have grown increasingly resistant to continued resort development due to lack of clear predictive insights and planning strategies. We brings informative insights to better manage coastal and land-based pollution for healthier beaches and coastlines.
Reef monitoring is central to effective management, and rapid reporting is essential to provide timely advice. While photography has greatly improved the detail and speed of underwater data collection, image processing remains a bottleneck in reporting results. Our tools tap on artificial intelligence and computer vision to offer as new opportunities for increasing the capabilities of coral reef and marine monitoring.
With the Open Ocean Data tool, ocean-based data derived from historical and ongoing satellite programs can be visualised in graphs at point locations or in spatial maps. Users can download this data and also share it as a widget on external websites and platforms. What makes this tool unique is that it is a community-based, open data platform where several datasets can be combined or compared simultaneously resulting in all kinds of new insights all to better understand our interactions with the open ocean.
We integrate data from different technologies (satellites, drones, sensors) and perform analyses on the historical behaviour of different phenomena in specific marine environments; coral reefs, mangroves, aquaculture, offshore. The data available via the app includes: water quality parameters like chlorophyll-a, total suspended matter and turbidity as well as sea surface temperature.
We then apply prediction models and geospatial analysis to perform risk and impact assessments. The tool has played a significant roles in the selection of optimal sites for coral restoration or harvesting times for seafood cultivation.
Together with Indonesia Biru Foundation, we set up the first land-based coral farms in the Central Indonesia Region to integrate breakthrough methods to accelerate coral growth up to 50 times (using the technique of micro-fragmentation) while enhancing their resiliency to warming and acidifying oceans (assisted evolution). In micro-fragmentation the corals will be cut into smaller polyps, which stimulates tissue growth.
3D Reef Models are useful for all scientific, educational and entertainment purposes. Things like growth rate, spread of disease, and how coral recovers from storms could never be measured precisely using the old techniques. Quantification of the surface area and volume of the coral is possible, providing hard numbers on the change in size and shape over time. 3D models can revolutionize your ability to track benthic changes and serves as an accurate baseline for future generations of reef surveyors.
Due to an influx of requests from stations worldwide, we do work case-by-case basis to tailor our AI and software tools to specific needs. We will aim accommodate as many users as we can in our preview, but we are excited to support the entire environmental sustainability community when the platform is publicly available. If you are ready to submit data to the platform you can already begin to do so by creating a profile and uploading your images onto the platform. This step also benefits the larger community by training our deep learning algorithms and play a role in shaping Open Coral AI as a whole.
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The technology behind Reef Support is only as strong as the partner community that is building applications on it and taking practical action. If you are interested in scaling your environmental sustainability work with the power of the cloud and AI, do get in touch with our team. For students/researchers based with accredited educational institutions, we have tailored programs for you, please contact us directly with your specific research needs.