Weaving traditional knowledge with western science and tech for integrated coral reef monitoring in the Pacific

AIMS scientists are collaborating with the Samoan Government to introduce fast, image-based coral reef monitoring to Samoa.

Over two weeks, AIMS scientists provided training and facilitated a multicultural workshop to incorporate traditional ecological knowledge into coral reef monitoring as part of an Australian Government-backed program.

A reef monitoring staff member from the Samoan Government training in the use of ReefCloud. Image: A Gainsford

Climate change is accelerating its impacts on ecosystems and livelihoods across the globe and is widely recognised as the greatest threat to coral reefs worldwide. Increasingly frequent and severe coral bleach events are outpacing corals’ ability to regenerate and adapt to warmer temperatures.

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