The Reef Cloud is an innovative digital platform to enhance coral reef monitoring practices and create tools for decision-making across the world. The system uses artificial intelligence (AI) to process coral reef images and estimate abundances of coral reef communities. Data Science is then used on outputs from AI to help solving important ecological challenges related the survival of coral reefs, from local to global scales.
The creation of the Reef Cloud platform will help countries to better monitor their reefs in cost-effective ways, and provide practical tools for more informed decisions on restoration, management and conservation actions. The project is also part of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network that is dedicated to deliver the best available scientific information on and communication of the status and trends of coral reefs.