The Challenge

Environmental change is threatening marine ecosystems globally and is a major concern for the wellbeing of society in present and future generations. Climate change and coastal development will not abate over the time scales required for ecosystems to adapt, requiring urgent adaptation strategies.

Novel underwater 3D mapping technologies exist, but are just starting to be used effectively to map, restore and monitor marine ecosystems. My research uses 3D mapping technologies to monitor and restore marine ecosystems. For example, 3D maps can be used to quantify the surface area of coral reefs at millimetric resolution.

To date, my research has improved our capacity to monitor, predict and respond to environmental change impacts. Yet, the oceans are large and we need more data and more people using 3D technologies. Through my work I seek to facilitate the application of 3D technologies underwater by researchers, managers and citizen scientists around the world.

Senior Marine Biologist using the Complexity Mapping Platform to 3D map bleached reefs in the Solitary Islands Marine Park, April 2016
3D map of a bleached reef in the Solitary Islands Marine Park, NSW, Australia – 3D models are large files please allow a couple of minutes for it to load after pressing play – once it is loaded you can use your mouse to move the 3D model (hold your left click mouse button to turn the model, hold your right-click mouse button to pan, use your mouse scroll to zoom)