Reactive Reefs - An exhibition and scientific research project telling the story of how the world’s coral reefs change and adapt through the highest-resolution underwater mapping effort in history. Final Exhibition coming in 2014...
Synopsis - Reactive Reefs is an interdisciplinary coral reef imaging and mapping project that features award-winning advanced imaging techniques to provide three-dimensional centimeter-scale optical aerial maps and underwater giga-pixel panoramas of at-risk coral habitats. Using a technique I developed called Fluid Lensing, I am able to use perturbations and small waves in the ocean’s surface to image shallow subsurface marine targets with minimal artifacts and distortion from a quad-rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with enhanced angular resolution. Summer 2013, our team travelled with the Palumbi lab to Ofu island in American Samoa to generate maps of coral reefs of interest using Fluid Lensing from a small electric quad-copter equipped with our imagers. The effort will provide Stanford’s Palumbi and Pringle labs with valuable scientific data on coral health and distribution as well as one of the highest-resolution optical maps of a subsurface marine target to date.
In addition, Reactive Reefs is a community-supported immersive photography exhibition that aims to transport the audience beneath the ocean’s surface to discover firsthand how the world’s coral reefs change as a result of both natural and human pressures. We use novel ways of mixing pictures and sound to tell the scientific story and highlight the inherent beauty of these ecosystems. The final exhibition work by a multidisciplinary student team at Stanford University is scheduled for completion in 2014. All exhibition funds are provided by people like you who support my artwork and science outreach mission. Final coral maps and data will be made available for free to the public. Thank you for your support!
Latest preliminary exhibition results (As of Oct 2013)
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Ved Chirayath - Student in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center and founder of Vedphoto.
Tamaki Bieri – Student in the Department of Biology at Stanford University. Studies cellular mechanisms of cnidarian bleaching using the small sea anemone Aiptasia as a model organism. Has four years of research experience in cell and molecular biology.
Trent Lukacyzk – Student in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. Multi-disciplinary design optimization of Supersonic Aircraft, Computational fluid dynamics and high performance computing and Surrogate modeling of optimization problems using machine learning approaches.
Tom Taylor – Student in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. An experienced SCUBA diver having worked in the recreational dive industry in Spain and as a volunteer on research expeditions to Malaysia and Fiji.
Support & Collaborations
This project is a highly interdisciplinary research and scientific outreach effort between the following organizations, laboratories, research groups and advisors:
Without the support, mentorship and efforts of these folks this project would not have been possible. Additional support for this project was provided by people like you who support my artwork. Thank you!
Note - Opinions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of NASA, Stanford University, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute or the Hopkins Marine Center.