WFCRC Cook Island ProjectJanuary 14 2018
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Name: Vic Ferguson
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The key goals of the research mission will cover these areas, and include:
GIS mapping for seven islands Drone Lidar, IR, NIR image acquisition Coral Reef monitoring and decline WFCRC (and partners) methods for reef assessments to ensure the data has the widest applicability Coastal morphology A feasibility and needs assessment on each island for a coral nursery time permitting.
Previous experience has shown that to involve residents in actions that effect their own wellbeing could achieve the long lasting results needed for sustainability now and well into the future. With that in mind the ESRI GIS software and data base information gathered along with training to monitor and survey each island will be donated to a representative of the Cook Islands to continue and duplicate the data gathered as a base line for comparison over time. Participation from local constituents as well as an understanding of local traditions and life styles are paramount in how the program will be executed. It is not our effort to reinvent the wheel in our executions but to use existing local and digital knowledge and previous work for a seamless project delivery. The data model we create will provide a single, user friendly resource to monitor and manage local resources. Previous research on the islands will be merged into with our GIS database as much as possible and is a common format to be used by other researchers and we encourage interdisciplinary data sharing. WFCRC Major Objectives and Key Goals:
- Research and report the causes of, and solutions to coral reef decline
- Implement strategies to promote conservation and sustainable use of coral reefs locally and internationally.
- Capture hi res 4k drone visual, Lidar and NIR geo referenced imagery of entire coastal areas along with various other island locations
- Establish control points around each island for survey which will allow for follow up surveying covering the exact same transects to be performed at given time intervals.
- Create a GIS base map to contain all data gathered Turtle nesting surveys and in-water observations where time allows
- Locate turtle nesting sites and identify restricted areas on gis base map and by mobile WFCRC Mobile application.
- Shark population surveys using remotely deployed camera arrays using geo referenced photos with possible ARGO tracking for GIS base map.