Open Reef takes off with National Science Foundation funding

Open Reef, an initiative of Citizen Science GIS at University of Central Florida, is taking off with new funding from the United States National Science Foundation. We are thrilled to finally share that NSF has provided us with a new award to launch Open Reef as part of the Citizen Science GIS REU Site. With Read more about Open Reef takes off with National Science Foundation funding[…]

International GIS Award from Esri to Citizen Science GIS

Citizen Science GIS is deeply humbled and excited to accept the 2017 Special Achievement in GIS Award from Esri, the world’s leading GIS company.  We are one of four higher education initiative worldwide this year to be accept the award! “For us, receiving the 2017 Special Achievement in GIS Award reflects the importance of connecting science Read more about International GIS Award from Esri to Citizen Science GIS[…]

Boston, Drones, Apps, and Our Giant Earth!

Reflections on the AAG Meeting 2017 in Boston by Nicholas Altizer, UCF Sociology graduate student. In early April, in an overcast and cold Boston several members from the Citizen Science GIS REU and Open Reef teams attended the American Association of Geographers annual meeting. The Hynes Convention Center was bustling with people when we arrived. Read more about Boston, Drones, Apps, and Our Giant Earth![…]

Open data of the Belize Barrier Reef islands

Did you know? Our first batch of the Belize Barrier Reef islands drone mapped with DJI Phantom 4 drones and processed with Esri’s Drone 2 Map, is now up online on ArcGIS Online.  Just search using the tag openreef on ArcGIS Online.  More islands and the related digitized GIS data are coming soon.  We’re off Read more about Open data of the Belize Barrier Reef islands[…]

A Research and Education Conversation with Dr. Karen Joyce, James Cook University (Australia) on March 23 3:30 pm @ UCF

The Science and Art of Using Drone Technology for Coral Reef Mapping A Research and Education Conversation with Dr. Karen Joyce, James Cook University (Australia) The UCF Interdisciplinary GIS Speaker Series, the UCF Department of Sociology, Global UCF, the UCF Department of Biology, and UCF Graduate Studies are pleased to host Dr. Karen Joyce of Read more about A Research and Education Conversation with Dr. Karen Joyce, James Cook University (Australia) on March 23 3:30 pm @ UCF[…]

Open Reef Chapter 1 Story Map of Belize Barrier Reef Now on ArcGIS Online

We are pleased to share “Chapter 1: Beauty from Above” from the Open Reef Mapping Society now live on Esri #storymaps on #arcgisonline. Click on the story map of Belize below to view our work! Share with your friends and join the movement to #drone map all of the #Belize Barrier Reef Islands with DJI Read more about Open Reef Chapter 1 Story Map of Belize Barrier Reef Now on ArcGIS Online[…]

Open Reef Mapping Society Lifts Off in Belize!

by Christine Munisteri, Open Reef Staff Member Imagine the possibilities for citizen science, research and education with crystal clear, high resolution and FREE imagery of the Belize Barrier Reef Islands. Three months ago on a trip out to the cayes of Belize during a project with the Citizen Science GIS National Science Foundation REU Site, Read more about Open Reef Mapping Society Lifts Off in Belize![…]

Introducing the Open Reef Mapping Society

Watch our trailer now and share with your friends using #citizensciencegis and #openreef. We Are The Open Reef Mapping Society from Citizen Science GIS on Vimeo.