Tools

new insights for wetland management

Baited Remote Underwater Video Stations (BRUVS) have become a standard way to survey fish populations. Stick a camera on a weight, add a pole with some bait and… bingo! Data.

The problem is, you can end up with thousands of hours of footage to process. If only there was a way to automate the process.

FishID is a new tool being developed by GLOW. It uses artificial intelligence in the form of machine learning to identify and count fish – it’s similar to the software used by law enforcement agencies to check vehicle registrations.

FishID is the brain child of GLOW Director Rod Connolly and is currently being advanced by GLOW Senior Software Engineer Eric Jinks.

Learn more about FishID

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Moreton Bay LIVE

broadcasting the underwater world

Using cutting edge, deep learning technology, Moreton Bay LIVE (MBL) will automate analysis of underwater video footage in real time, while collecting and storing ecological data for research.

Learn more about Moreton Bay LIVE

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The Mangrove Carbon Web App

estimate real emissions from mangrove loss

Nations measure the amount of carbon stored in their forests and wetlands when calculating their total carbon emissions.

Mangroves have among the highest carbon densities of any tropical forest and are referred to as “blue carbon” ecosystems. Much of this carbon is stored in the soils beneath the trees, a stock of carbon that was historically overlooked in national carbon accounts.

This Mangrove Carbon App is designed to help you explore the contribution of mangrove protection to mitigating emissions. The app will predict forgone opportunities to store carbon, given a rate of deforestation. These predictions tell us how much carbon would be stored in the mangrove forests if deforestation was prevented. They include carbon emitted when mangroves are deforested and missed opportunities to sequester carbon in mangroves that are deforested.

It supports a new study led by Dr Fernanda Adame where we show how action to prevent mangrove loss can contribute to reducing future greenhouse gas emission.

All the numbers and calculations used by this web app are supported by the peer-reviewed publication. See that publication for further details of the data and models underlying this app.

Contact Chris Brown if you have any queries.

Coastal Marine Megafauna

which megafauna use wetlands in your country?

Marine megafauna and vegetated coastal wetland habitats (seagrasses, saltmarshes, and mangroves) are under intense threat and declining globally.

Emerging research and novel methodologies have unveiled important, previously unknown habitat associations between marine megafauna and these habitats.

We identify associations for over 100 marine megafauna species that utilise these habitats, increasing the number of species with associations based on current International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) species assessments by 59%. This means over 13% of all marine megafauna use coastal wetlands!

This web app is designed to help you explore the number and type of marine megafauna species known to use coastal wetlands in each country. It supports a new paper from Dr Michael Sievers.

Contact Michael Sievers if you have any queries