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From air to the depth of the sea - innovative data collection through ReefScan

Traditional methods of coral reef monitoring are expensive, labour-intensive, and limited by safety considerations and logistics.

Working with innovative partners, the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) has drawn upon more than 35 years of marine monitoring experience to design ReefScan.

ReefScan is a modular suite of automated marine monitoring systems that translate field data into comprehensive information about the state and health of critical marine ecosystems such as coral reefs.

Adaptable, comprehensive, and user-friendly

ReefScan seamlessly integrates machine learning, advanced imaging sensors and robotics to deliver field-ready, easy-to-use platforms, supported by web-based automated workflows.

It provides an ‘end-to-end’ approach from monitoring design to data collection, analysis, and reporting.

The scalable, flexible marine monitoring system encompasses a range of products from those that can be manually operated to autonomous vehicles, all united by a single architecture.

The products accommodate a range of scientific payloads including high-resolution imaging, hyperspectral cameras and sonar systems, and can be configured to cater for a wide range of needs and environments.

How ReefScan works

ReefScan uses machine learning for real-time object identification and classification, freeing human effort from routine tasks and providing more time for knowledge building and decision support.

State-of-the-art imaging systems capture the best quality data to provide a permanent record or baseline.

Information is delivered through high-performance cloud-computing workflows.

Smart technology masks the complexity of the systems, with easy-to-use apps for systems control and data collection.

By using an open architecture, ReefScan is future-proofed: new capacity can be added without the need to modify the underlying system.

Empowering new groups

It’s more important than ever we have the latest and most comprehensive data to inform decisions about the effective care and protection of our marine ecosystems.

ReefScan is designed to empower new groups of people to collect marine monitoring data.

It will enable users to monitor much greater areas in exciting new ways, providing deeper insights.