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New technology speeds massive coral reef survey | Hawaii Tribune-Herald

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HONOLULU — Scientists using facial recognition technology and 360-degree underwater photos said Wednesday they have developed new software to quickly assess coral bleaching and other damage to the world’s imperiled reefs.

Source: New technology speeds massive coral reef survey | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/state/new technology-speeds-massive-coral-reef-survey).

Accessed on 23 June 2016, 20:56 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Caleb Jones (Associated Press).

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NOAA scientists using 360-degree underwater photos and new facial recognition technology have developed cutting edge software to “quickly assess coral bleaching and other damage to the world’s imperiled reefs.”

NOAA officials believe the new integrated technology “will provide an unmatched resource for assessing the growing problem.”

Researchers at the XL Catlin Global Reef Record tell AP reporter Caleb Jones that creating the virtual reality scenes “allows hundreds of thousands of images to be analyzed within weeks rather than years.”

The survey crew also worked with Google Street View to provide an “interactive underwater reef experience for users all around the world.”

Richard Vevers, the survey director, says the technology can process data 900 times quicker than previous methods, and “its accuracy rivals a human expert.”

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, the director of the Global Change Institute at the University of  Queensland, adds that the scientific community “needs to get the average person excited about saving reefs and have those people share their passion with the world’s leaders to influence policy change.”


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