The Catlin Global Reef Record

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  1. dallasg

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    Have a look here
    Global Reef Record

    “The Catlin Global Reef Record will, for the first time in history, make ocean change plainly visible for all to see– it’s a game changer ” Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg




    The Catlin Global Reef Record is a research tool aimed at collating and communicating the coral reef science of the Catlin Seaview Survey and combining that information with data from other leading sources of ocean research. This free database will provide scientists across various disciplines of marine studies with a tool for analyzing the current state of the reef ecosystems on a local, regional and global scale and monitoring changes that occur over time.
    It has been designed in partnership with scientists from the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland with additional data and analysis from World Resources Institute, SCRIPPS and NOAA.

    Addressing a global issue

    With coral reefs deteriorating at the rate of 1-2 percent per year, it is imperative that we study and monitor the health of these fragile, yet crucial ecosystems. Many countries do not have the resources required to regularly measure the health of their coral reef ecosystems. As a result, there is often limited baseline data or understanding of the drivers of change across entire regions of the world. Without this information, understanding change and implementing management strategies for arresting the downward trend of coral reefs is extremely difficult.
    The Catlin Seaview Survey plans to break this pattern with this high-speed, high-capacity data archive. Its huge photographic records will be at the core of this openly available record, providing an unprecedented source of data for scientists, reef managers and global decision makers. The archive will empower countries worldwide with information and analysis of the coral reef ecosystems at scales never before imagined.
    The record is not just for scientists. It is for everyone, from policymakers to the general public. For the first time in history, ocean change will be made plainly visible for all to see – we are working with partners to ensure that the images in the record are revealed to as many people in the world as possible.
     
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    Wow interesting thanks for sharing Dallas...:thumbup:
     
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    mmmm....read there "reef at risk revisted" documents and you will notice everyone of us is contributing to a decline:(
    basically they making it easy for all of us to see the changes....which i think is fantastic and great
    i dive anually in mauritius and can see huge changes.
    however this bodes well for the world....unfortunatly not well for aquarists and others that keep taking from the sea
    we fuel a fire every week we purchase livestock....
    sadly....reality is....aquaculture will be extremely important to us...... sooner than most think
     
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    i blame the world governments who hinder aqua-culture, Mauritius now will pay up to 600 000 rupees i think for sea based ventures. here we battle...
    rest of the world has no issues
     
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    600000 rupees is R200grand...........
    work out how much the boys in black suits make a year on corruption and tourists....
    , and the constant up and down of boats on the reefs and that R200grand is like a can of coke for the fat cats who drive around the island in there converatbile porches on the way to there parliment offices and coastal homes

    i think they make more than 600 000 rupees on the beaches a day

    but we not talking about them here

    problem is weather its global warming, over fishing, shark finning, oil spillages, effluent pesticides spilling into the ocean via rivers, ornimental trade, etc etc...its a battle thats already lost....it wont recover

    what these guys i think are trying to do is make people aware....and try slow down the inevitable

    the worlds population grows every second, load is far to much.

    enjoy it while you can
     
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    true... but if this trade can be made a little more sustainable it will help
     
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    for sure ...everything will help....
    but when you have seen what ive seen, be it in whatever trade that relates to the sea....
    sustainability is just that.....sustaining........not recovering

    sad but true...
    anyway...enough of the down down....today....lets find some happy threads.....lol
     
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    i remember helping map aliwal shoal and the changes over the years were great..
    even Mozambique has gotten worse.
     
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