RGH is the recipient of grant funding from both Microsoft and Manitou Foundation for this research!
Reef Guardians research team has taken on the ambitious task to make near real time automated reef health assessment a reality! We have partnered with Microsoft AI Earth, Manitou Foundation, ESRI, Powervision, Paralenz, and other ground breaking technology companies. Our goal is to create the best practices for gathering photogrammetric* data that is an essential component necessary for AI to perform the task of assessing the health of our reefs and to do so worldwide.
Right now with, the help of Marine Biologist Terry Lilley, we are gathering over 7500 images of over 14 different coral species on the North shore of Kauai. *These photogrammetric images contain size and location information on each coral species a necessary component for AI to learn and perform properly for auto recognition and comparative history. Once this data has been successfully ingested by the AI then automated data gathering monitoring of reefs can begin by both aquatic and aerial drones. These tools will be made available for citizen scientists, local community organisations, ngo's, local, state and federal ocean related agencies to monitor and share.
The result is a global community of information available to all. The more we know about . the health of the reefs the quicker we can react to protect it. All information will be readily available on the worldwide web and through ESRI ArcGIS, a free tool for all to view and share information.