Open Access Data
Open access data is a critical component of the African Marine MegaTransect Expedition. By open accessing the data,. the team aims to provide end users the ability to create pertinent and legitimate deductions from the data pertaining to fisheries management, MPA effectiveness, the use of AID funding in marine resource management, management effectiveness, modeling reef fish sustainability etc. All of the desired data outputs are criticle towards more effective fisheries management decision making, however currently in East africa, these resources are not available. The following is a list of expected scientific outcomes from the open access data provided by the expedition team.
- New high-definition stereo DOV
datasets on shallow water coral reef fishes of a major portion of the East
- New dataset of high-definition
photographs of the shallow water benthic communities of a major portion of the
East African coastline.
- Datasets for temporal comparison
with EAMT 1, a previous expedition.
- New dataset from the BRUV
deployments, on deep water reef fish communities.
- East African compliment to the
Global Finprint Project global shark datasets.
- Extension of BRUV data for
MPA assessments from South Africa
and southern Mozambique.
- New dataset on the deep benthic
- New data on fish microplastics assimilation.
- Updated information on fish and invertebrate species distributions in the East African region.
- Exploratory data and possible
new distribution data for rare and endangered species from ROV dives.
- New data regarding the
geographical identification of microplastic polluted areas.
- Multiple collaborations and
increased data sharing at local and international levels.
- Numerous scientific publications, student
projects, popular articles
and conference presentations.
- Exploratory data using fluorescence imagery.