UQ makes the news for pioneering coral reef mapping partnership in Indonesia

24 November 2014
Catlin Seaview Survey in the waters of Indonesia
Catlin Seaview Survey in the waters of Indonesia

Scientists from The University of Queensland, the Indonesia Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and Indonesian universities have teamed up to map the region’s Coral Triangle for the UQ Global Change Institute’s Catlin Seaview Survey.

The Catlin Seaview Survey, an internationally renowned research project documenting the composition and health of coral reefs, has turned its attention to the waters of North Sulawesi and Karimun Jawa, Indonesia.

Scientists study the reefs using custom-designed underwater equipment including a motorised underwater camera that produces high-resolution 360 degree vision and remotely operated vehicles that can access rarely studied coral reefs.

These images will be analysed to determine coral reef health and will be available online at www.globalreefrecord.org for people around the world to access.

Greg Moriarty, Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, said this research collaboration represents another example of The University of Queensland’s long-term commitment in Indonesia.

“This project represents an exemplary partnership between an Australian university and its Indonesian stakeholders in an area of common interest to both nations and the region,” the Ambassador said.

“The results of this partnership will contribute to Indonesian and international marine science and it will feed into a broader understanding of the health of other coral reefs around the world.

“I commend the university and its Indonesian partners for this ongoing collaboration.”

UQ Indonesia has seized this opportunity to profile UQ as a world class university and has launched a media engagement strategy which leverages off the Catlin Seaview Survey activities in Indonesia.

Supported by the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, UQ Indonesia organised a documentary team from Indonesia Metro TV to film alongside the Catlin Seaview Survey team in the waters of Karimunjawa and a press briefing with Dr Ben Neal from UQ’s Global Change Institute, as a result of which UQ received broad media coverage from local and international outlets such as Metro TVCNN and the Wall Street Journal.

Stunning pictures from the Catlin Seaview Survey in Indonesia can be found here.

UQ Indonesia enhances the University’s profile through partnerships, engagement and high profile initiatives such as the Catlin Seaview Survey.

If you would like support to showcase your initiatives in Indonesia, including liaising with media, please contact Ms Ratu Sovi Arinta, Chief Representative (Indonesia) on sovi.arinta@uq.edu.au.