Keppel Reef Camera
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's iconic places but many members of Australia's community do not have easy access to enjoy it. At present, tourism and education centers rely heavily on information and visual imagery about the reef and its organisms from the internet. Many of these images are not current. In addition, there is intense community interest in what is happening to our reefs as the climate changes and as they undergo environmental disturbance. There is a clear need for real-time visual images of reefs and the changes that they undergo for research, conservation, promotional and education purposes. This will assist the community to better understand and appreciate the Great Barrier Reef. Another advantage of this project is to value-add to tourism in the Capricornia region following the destruction of reef after the 2011 and 2013 floods
When Dr Jones found out that many local school children have never snorkeled or seen the reef except on TV she was determined that they would at, even if they could not get to snorkel they would at least have access to live video footage of their local reefs and marine life.
Why do we need your pledge?While we have almost all the equipment we need to stream the images from our camera live to the internet, we need to upgrade our antennae and modem so that we can use high bandwidth communication technology to get the data directly from the antennae at the camera site to the mainland server.
Who are we?Dr Alison Jones is a marine ecologist with a background in tourism. Dr Jones is also a diving instructor and a school teacher. Dr Jones is passionate about the marine environment and getting others to see what she sees every day when she is out on the reef. The KICCInc team is comprised of ordinary members of the community who each have specific expertise in particular areas. We have a solar remote power expert, a video expert and Dr Jones who has passion for the Keppels and corals really good ideas about combining tourism with science. The camera housing was designed and built by one of our group. We have almost everything that we need for the installation and have even trialled the camera in the field and it is now ready to re-deploy. We now need a little more funding to complete the project to make the images visible to you and others on the WWW.
WE NEED YOU!If we don't reach our target we get nothing and nothing is taken from your PayPal account or credit card. If you can't support this project financially you can still help by spreading the word using the social button on the left and spreading the word to your friends. Thank You. If we get this up and running you can come and snorkel in the Keppels and wave to your friends via our imagery!
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Help us raise $3,500 by Monday 17th June 2013