Fiji Coral Reef Health Assessment

February 6 2018
<p>South Pacific Flying Labs will carry out a Biodiversity and Coral Reef Health Assessment - A Comparison between Marine Protected Area and Normal Coral Reef System.</p> Read background

February 6 2018

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Expedition Background

South Pacific Flying Labs will carry out a Biodiversity and Coral Reef Health Assessment - A Comparison between Marine Protected Area and Normal Coral Reef System. The aim is to compare two different locations, one a protected zone and one not. The underwater drones will be used to capture videos and images which will later be analyzed in the lab. Comparisons between the two sites will be done in terms of biodiversity ( looking at fish, seaweed and coral species separately), water quality (samples will be taken and analyzed by fellow research assistant majoring in chemistry), cleanliness (concentration of rubbish in the surveyed area) and coral health (signs of bleaching, concentration of seaweed etc). The project will be completed with the help of Marine Science masters candidates and the results will be presented before the lecturers on campus with the aim of influencing conservation and clean up activities.

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This is very cool. How much footage will you be using from each location/how much of the project is field work vs video analysis later?