Identifying changes and actively finding solutions
At the start of 2018 we adopted the time lapse method as an experiment to see what changes, if any we could find. Every Friday on the way to our adopted dive site “Meno Slope” we stop to take our time lapse images. We have a marked GPS location just outside the dive site where we have chosen specific samples of different corals.
Every week we visit the same coral samples and take a picture of the exact same angle of the chosen corals. We take images of four samples: two hard corals, one soft coral, and one rubble. When we return to the office in the afternoon we input the photographs into our time lapse data set where we can easily compare each picture from one week to the next. This allows us to easily identify any changes in these corals and document our findings accordingly.
The wonderful thing about this method is that it allows us to acknowledge changes as they are happening, giving us the chance to explore possible explanations to what is causing those changes and therefore actively find solutions .