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In 1980, thirty permanent photographic sites were established on the Great Barrier Reef by Dr Terry Done from the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Since 1980 the sites have been photographed annually to document fine-scale changes to the reef environment in a variety of habitats over an extended period of time.

The sites have been impacted by a number of disturbances including crown-of-thorns starfish, bleaching and cyclones. Analysis of the images reveals information about the extent and long term effect of each disturbance. Other aspects of the coral reef such as community type, diversity, succession, spatial interaction, species growth rate and resilience can be explored.

The sites were photographed using 2 cameras to produce a stereo or 3-D image. Utilising 3-D software it is possible to make accurate measurements of individual corals, create spatial maps and track the fate of selected corals through time. This web site does not allow 3-D viewing and analysis, however the images for each site can be viewed and selected using a variety of searches.


Research procedures overview
Location of sites
General site layout
Mosaic of a site

Layout of sites
Lizard Island
John Brewer
Nelly Bay

Example displays
Lizard Island 1
Lizard Island 2

2001-02 bleaching event
Nelly 1
Nelly 2

Other examples
Lizard Island through time
Zoom in on a coral

Image libraries
General reef images
Time series images