Tuesday, July 16, 2024
HomeOceanScuba Diver Citizen Scientists Shine Light On The State Of Our Reefs

Scuba Diver Citizen Scientists Shine Light On The State Of Our Reefs

The Reef Life Survey, a 10-year project using trained volunteer scuba divers, has shed a new light on the changing nature of the world’s shallow ecosystems.

The program used more than 200 specially trained volunteer scuba divers who surveyed 2,406 sites spread across 44 countries. The resulting data set is utterly unique due to its width and breadth.

According to Phys.Org, the resulting data has led to some interesting revelations. Perhaps one of the most revealing is the relationship between water temperature and the ratio of fish to invertebrates in the ecosystem. Essentially warm water contains more fish, while colder waters have more invertebrates.

This preference for warmer water by fish leads to a new mix of the ecosystem being created continuously, since species move but at different rate, resulting in the ecosystem balance being constantly in flux.

The Reef Life Survey volunteers tend to work on a casual basis, although some are almost dedicated full-time. The project has proven so inspirational that one of the volunteers decided to pursue a doctorate in marine biology graduating this year.

You can check out the original research here.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmyhttps://www.deeperblue.com
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for DeeperBlue.com