The Great Reef Census from Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef 9:36am, Tue 26 Oct 2021
The Great Reef Census is a groundbreaking citizen science effort to survey the Great Barrier Reef. Whether you’re on the Reef or on the other side of the world, you can be part of this important conservation initiative. Read on to find out how you can be part of it.
Great Reef Census 2021
The Great Reef Census has been designed to trial new ways of capturing large-scale reconnaissance data from across the Great Barrier Reef, helping to support research and management in the face of accelerating human impacts.
Calling all citizen scientists
You don’t need to be a scientist or marine biologist to take part – you can be part of the Great Reef Census either in-water on the Reef or online from anywhere in the world.
Why a Census?
As the impacts of climate change become more advanced, scientists and managers need up-to-date information on individual reefs to better target their resources and protections. The Great Reef Census is trialing new ways of using citizen science to help understand how the system is changing year-on-year.
How will this help the Reef?
By improving their ability to locate these important sources of coral recovery, scientists and managers can better target their resources, drive more impactful projects in-water and, ultimately, advance conservation outcomes for the Reef.