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Unique Discoveries on Barrier Reef Seen at 80 Meters for the First Time Using Blueye Robotics Underwater Drone

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 maggio 2018

The Great Barrier Reef Legacy (GBRLegacy) crew led by Dr. Dean Miller has teamed with underwater drone creators Blueye Robotics to investigate the impact of ocean temperatures on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The Blueye Robotics Pioneer can dive eight times deeper than the average scuba enthusiast, reaching depths of 150 meters. It was used when Miller and a team of renowned marine scientists recently explored Australia’s coral reef and the bleaching that is killing portions of the fragile ecosystem.GBRLegacy’s 21-day exploration revealed some surprises, including large expanses of Halimeda algae on deep sections of reef slopes in the far northern section of the northeast coast of Queensland. Healthy Halimeda creates a vast ecosystem that resembles a green meadow. With the help of the Pioneer, the team was able to see down at 80 meters that the Halimeda reefs appeared to be spared by the bleaching. “Using the Blueye, this was the first time we could bring images back from that depth and show that despite coral bleaching or warm water affecting a huge percentage of the reefs in that area, down at 80 meters it appeared that those reefs have been spared. That was a good sign,” said Miller, director of science and media for the Great Barrier Reef Legacy.In particular, Miller said, the low frequency of the drone’s electromagnetic waves seemed to intrigue Australia’s grey reef sharks. The waves pose no danger for the sharks, and the sharks’ attraction to them will make it easier for researchers to study the species more closely.Australia’s ecological and business communities are also embracing the Blueye Pioneer as an important tool. This month, Christine Spiten, Blueye co-founder and chief global strategist, is in Australia to demo the Blueye Pioneer. The Pioneer is available for pre-orders on http://www.blueyerobotics.com and will be shipped in Q4, 2018. https://www.blueyerobotics.com/press.

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Explorer Drone in Australia for Consumers and Professionals

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 novembre 2017

Cairns australiaCairns. Blueye Robotics, developer of Blueye Pioneer underwater drone that dives eight times deeper than the average scuba enthusiast, will launch in Australia this month. The prosumer underwater drone is suitable for ocean explorers of every type who want to discover what lies beneath the ocean, yet has the professional robustness to meet with scientific and enterprise use. First to use the drone is Dr. Dean Miller, director for science and media with the Great Barrier Reef Legacy, who embarks on a 21-day expedition to explore the Reef’s most remote, unexplored reaches and assess the region’s declining coral reef corridor.Blueye’s arctic-tested Pioneer underwater drone is able to dive up to 150 meters deep even in the harshest ocean conditions, and has capabilities that were previously found only in expensive professional equipment used by filmmakers, oceanographers and the military.
“This collaboration with the Great Barrier Reef Legacy offers a whole new tool for the expedition crew to unobtrusively navigate the coral reef,” says Christine Spiten, Blueye co-founder and chief global strategist, who will spend several days in Cairns, Australia, with the research team before it begins its three-week expedition. “The Blueye Pioneer is also valuable to anybody who is curious about the ocean and wants to see what lies beneath the hidden depths below us. These drones can help us uncover new information about the seas.”The Great Barrier Reef Legacy expedition, led by Miller and John Rumney and joined by Charlie Veron, the world’s leading expert on coral reefs, as well as other leading marine scientists from a range of universities and government organisations in Australia, will help better understand the nature of the problems facing this fragile coral reef and the recent coral bleaching that scientists attribute to warming ocean temperatures.“The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is an area that is remote, large and hard to access,” says Miller. “Researchers have been unable to fully assess what is happening to the most pristine part of the northern Great Barrier Reef, so we are looking forward to using the Blueye’s Pioneer drone to help us better understand the changing nature of this fragile ecosystem, especially on the deeper slopes where divers simply cannot access. This gives us a whole new way of understanding how the whole ecosystem has responded to heat stress, and will provide the first detailed look at deeper coral habitats.” (font photo: wikipedia)

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Former Great Barrier Reef head calls for ban on new coal mines to protect the Reef

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 novembre 2016

Sydney, perla australiana. Australia’s former leading authority on the Great Barrier Reef has called for a stop on the construction of any new coal mines in Australia, sounding the alarm on coral bleaching, rising sea temperatures, and further damage on the Reef. The call comes just days after nations met in Morocco for COP22 to hammer out plans to implement the Paris Agreement.“Australia cannot have a healthy Great Barrier Reef and a continuing coal industry,” Kelleher said. “This year was a wake-up call for everyone that Australia has to step up when it comes to protecting the Reef and a ban on new coal mines would be a necessary first step.”Graeme Kelleher was the first Chairperson and Chief Executive of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), a government organisation dedicated to the care and development of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Kelleher held the position for 16 years.The call for a ban on new coal mines comes ahead of the deadline (1 December) for the Australian government to report back to the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, over its handling of the health of the Great Barrier Reef.“The Great Barrier Reef is the “canary in the coal mine”, and right now it’s telling us the climate is sick,” said Shani Tager, Greenpeace Australia Pacific Reef campaigner.“In a world where climate extremes and droughts are becoming more common, governments across the world need to halt all new fossil fuel projects, and urgently shift investment to water efficient wind and solar power.”Recent economic modelling by the Australia Institute found a ban on new coal mines would almost have no impact on the Australian economy, not to mention the benefits of transitioning to 100% renewable power. The coal industry – the biggest single source of emissions – is heading for a terminal decline worldwide. Renewable growth will continue to disrupt the fossil fuel industry: China is growing its economy while reducing its coal consumption, and solar in India has already become cheaper than coal.
In September, the Australian government claimed it had made “good progress” in protecting the Great Barrier Reef during the previous 12 months, despite 22% of the Reef’s coral being killed in the worst coral bleaching event in history.The Australian government has promised to ensure protection of the Reef, but it has also made a number of controversial decisions in defiance of the Paris climate agreement that endanger the Reef. In October 2015 it granted approval to a huge expansion of coal mining in Australia, including the world’s largest new coal mine Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.“It’s not right for this government to pat itself on the back and claim it’s protecting the Reef when nearly a quarter of its coral was killed this year,” said Kelleher.Kelleher is an international specialist in marine parks, has authored several major books and reports on marine environments and was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia honour. He will endorse a new petition with Greenpeace Australia Pacific, calling for a ban on new coal mines.

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