[ASC-list] 160, 000 photos tagged so far by Science Week citizen scientists

Frankie Lee gmail frankielee333 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 16 02:17:42 UTC 2013


Explore the Seafloor

Crowd-sourced marine science for Science Week 2013 

160,000 photos have been tagged by citizen scientists so far. 

People can register and tag photos up until September 1st.

 <http://www.exploretheseafloor.net.au/> cid:image004.jpg at 01CE8E38.864DC700

 <http://www.exploretheseafloor.net.au/> Explore the Seafloor is the
National Science Week 2013 citizen science project undertaken by ABC Science
in conjunction with the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS). 

Throughout August they're asking for help with identifying kelp and sea
urchins in images of the seafloor. This job is normally done by research
assistants and is time-consuming and laborious. In
<http://www.exploretheseafloor.net.au/> Explore the Seafloor they're taking
a crowd-sourcing approach to reduce this workload and asking everyone who
can access the internet  to get involved and help the scientists with their
research work. 1

160,000 photos have been tagged by so far and nearly 7000 citizen scientists
have registered. 

Kelp beds along Australia's east and west coasts are an important marine
habitat. An invasive sea urchin, Centrostephanus rodgersii, is moving south
and threatening biodiversity around Tasmania by destroying the giant kelp
forests, Ecklonia radiata. By tagging photos of these urchins and kelp, the
<http://exploretheseafloor.net.au/> Explore the Seafloor project will help
marine researchers map the location and movement of these species.

The project continues after Science Week and new citizen scientists can join
up until September 1st, 2013

All the information is at  <http://www.exploretheseafloor.net.au>
www.exploretheseafloor.net.au

The people and institutions behind the project: 

IMOS brings together researchers from a variety of institutions and
disciplines. Represented within this group are benthic ecologists,
geoscientists, computer scientists and engineers from multiple institutions
who have come together by the shared understanding that a collaborative
approach is essential for effective marine habitat monitoring at a national
scale. Collaborators  include MOS brings together researchers from a variety
of institutions and disciplines. Represented within this group are benthic
ecologists, geoscientists, computer scientists and engineers from multiple
institutions who have come together by the shared understanding that a
collaborative approach is essential for effective marine habitat monitoring
at a national scale. Collaborators  include the Australian Centre for Field
Robotics (ACFR) at Sydney University; the Institute for Marine and Antarctic
Studies (IMAS) at the University of Tasmania; the Sydney Institute of Marine
Science (SIMS) at the University of New South Wales; the Oceans Institute at
the University of Western Australia; CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research;
and the Australian Institute for Marine Science.

IMOS is supported by the National Environmental Research Program Marine
Biodiversity Hub; the Australian Research Council; Department of Industry,
Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education;
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and
Communities; the Australian National Data Service (ANDS); NSW DPI Fisheries;
Department of Fisheries WA; Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water
and Environment. IMOS is supported by the National Environmental Research
Program Marine Biodiversity Hub; the Australian Research Council; Department
of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary
Education; Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and
Communities; the Australian National Data Service (ANDS); NSW DPI Fisheries;
Department of Fisheries WA; Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water
and Environment.



 

 

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