A snap of Lady Elliot Island taken as part of the worldwide Catlin Seaview Survey.
A snap of Lady Elliot Island taken as part of the worldwide Catlin Seaview Survey. Contributed

Survey team creates database of coral reef degradation

PANORAMIC images of the waters around Lady Elliot Island will help scientists across the world understand changes in coral reefs.

The images were launched this week as part of the Catlin Global Reef Record, an online database and research system of major reef systems.

Catlin Global Reef Record chief scientist, professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said up to half of coral worldwide would have been lost in the past five decades.

"Our oceans are in an unprecedented state of decline due to pollution, over-fishing and climate change," he said.

The data archive would help governments better protect coral reefs through information and analysis.

The Catlin Seaview team has also surveyed reefs in the Caribbean and Bermuda.
 



Ceiling collapses in early morning house fire

Premium Content Ceiling collapses in early morning house fire

Firefighters fought to protect surrounding properties after a blaze broke out in...

NAMED AND SHAMED: 16 drink, drug drivers

Premium Content NAMED AND SHAMED: 16 drink, drug drivers

A mum of six pleaded guilty to driving with ice in her system

‘I’ve lost everything’: Car, $20,000 worth of items stolen

Premium Content ‘I’ve lost everything’: Car, $20,000 worth of items stolen

An Ipswich woman is reeling after her car, $20,000 in tools and camping gear and...