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Long Beach

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  • Dive Type: Boat or Shore
  • Snorkel Site: No
  • Experience Level: Open Water (Min)
  • Depth: 40 -120ft (12-36m)

Special Notes

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Carmabi Research at Long Beach

This 3D model was collected at Long Beach and was made possible through a collaborative effort with the Carmabi Foundation.

This model is part of an experiment to outplant Diadema antillarum (long-spined sea urchin) and monitor how an increase in their density improves the health of the reef as they graze down algae which directly competes with corals. By overlaying the original images onto the model, we can see up close the detail of interactions between coral and algae in these plots!

This model was created using Structure from Motion (SfM) technology and is visualized using the custom built software Viscore developed by Vid Petrovic and Falko Kuester as part of the Cultural Heritage Engineering Initiative (CHEI) at UC San Diego.

About the Carmabi Research Station

To facilitate ecological research CARMABI, originally short for the Caribbean Marine Biological Institute was founded in 1955 and has remained the largest field station in the Southern Caribbean. The field station, now known as the CARMABI Research Station, still sits at its original, picturesque location at the opening of the Piscaderabaai and reefs are found right in front of it.

The number of visiting scientists has been increasing in recent years which prompted the construction of a new water-side building with lab facilities and dormitories for up to 30 people. Researchers or students that want to study Caribbean coral reefs, terrestrial systems or geology can now use these facilities for their science projects. The institute is currently visited by approx. 250 scientists a year for research purposes and by various universities for courses related to coral reef ecology.

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