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Want to Help Save Earth’s Coral Reefs? Here’s Your Chance

Want to Help Save Earth’s Coral Reefs? Here’s Your Chance

Coral reefs are one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. They’re also in serious danger. Rising ocean temperatures, pollution and other threats are pushing corals towards extinction. But there’s hope. Using techniques originally developed to look at the stars, a team of scientists at our Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley have developed a way to image corals in unprecedented detail. Now, the same team has launched a citizen science project, called NeMO-Net, to classify and assess the health of coral reefs across the globe. 

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NeMO-Net is a coral classification game that lets you embark on a virtual research vessel and travel the oceans, analyzing actual images of corals on the sea floor. As you explore, you learn about the different types of corals and how to identify them. Your actions in-game train a supercomputer in the real world to classify corals on its own. Each classification you make will help researchers better understand how coral reefs are changing, and ultimately, find a way to save these amazing underwater worlds. Ready to play? Here’s a quick guide to getting started:

Download NASA NeMO-Net

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Explore 3D images of the sea floor

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Learn about the different types of corals

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Identify and classify corals by painting images

Want to Help Save Earth’s Coral Reefs? Here’s Your Chance

Gain experience points, track your progress and be part of a global community of citizen scientists

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NeMO-Net is available now on the Apple App Store, and is playable on iOS devices and Mac computers, with a forthcoming release for Android systems.  

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