ReefCloud is an open-access platform designed to quickly and efficiently collate data to inform reef management decisions.

It allows the world’s coral reef monitoring community to work together in real time to improve reef monitoring and preservation.

Currently in the final stages of development, ReefCloud harnesses machine learning and artificial intelligence to analyse photographs of coral reefs to rapidly extract and share data.

How ReefCloud works

Users submit photos of the reef taken during their surveys, along with associated data.

ReefCloud’s automated image analysis can replicate expert observations with 80-90 percent confidence to produce accurate estimations of coral reef benthic composition 700 times faster than manual assessment.

Designed to quickly and efficiently collate data to inform reef management decisions, users can easily share monitoring data and get up-to-date snapshots of reef condition in specific areas in days rather than months.

ReefCloud helps reef scientists to:

  • manage, archive, integrate and share monitoring data
  • fast-track the recording of changes to reef communities using automated technologies
  • collaborate and communicate widely on our understanding of where and how coral reefs are changing.

Bringing the world's coral reef community together

ReefCloud brings an innovative and transformative change to the way we monitor our reefs. It’s set to transform the way we collect and share data through the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.

With funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, ReefCloud was designed by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, working in collaboration with QUT, Accenture and reef scientists and managers of the Pacific island nations, including the Palau International Coral Reef Center, Wildlife Conservation Society Fiji and University of South Pacific.