Event Spotlight

GUE NZ Aboard the m/y Ad-Vantage - Fiji
, May 13th -May 27th, 2017

The project included a team of GUE technical divers from the United States and New Zealand who worked with marine biologists from the University of the South Pacific (USP) and the Florida-based Nova Southeastern University, in a Triton 1,000-meter submersible named Moby belonging to the yacht. The team worked from the motor yacht Ad-Vantage and will be supported by her crew along with submersible pilots and engineers. The primary objectives were to collect photographic and video surveys of coral reef and deeper ecosystems in water depths between 5 and 1,000 meters at several sites near the islands of Kandavu, Beqa, and Viti Levu. The surveys will be used by scientists to establish coral and fish species distributions and densities. The project started on May 13 and ran through May 27.

(NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries - North Carolina
, August 22nd-September 5th, 2016 

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, working with several public and private partners, used the manned submersiblesand dive teams from Global Underwater Explorers and GlobalSubDive to inspect the shipwrecks and collect data that will be used to visualize and recreate an underwater battlefield that has remained undisturbed for 74 years. 

 he 2016 Battle of the Atlantic Expedition took place from August 22 to September 6, and built on previous work by NOAA and its partners to document nationally significant shipwrecks in the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” off North Carolina’s Outer Banks. NOAA is was considering an expansion of Monitor National Marine Sanctuary’s boundaries to protect the Bluefields and U-576 as well as other historic shipwrecks off the North Carolina coast.

Project Baseline, a global conservation nonprofit, and its corporate sponsor GlobalSubDive are supplying a research vessel and two manned submersibles to visit the remains of two World War II ships that were involved in a convoy battle off the coast of North Carolina during the Battle of the Atlantic campaign. The ships, Bluefields and U-576, lie more than 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina outside Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.

NektonBermuda
, July 14th - August 16th, 2016 

Nekton FoundationProject Baseline, a global conservation effort that invites divers and water lovers alike to systematically document marine and freshwater environments, is delivering valuable exploration assets to a multi-disciplinary alliance of the world’s leading ocean scientists, media organizations, business leaders, philanthropists, educators, and civil leaders under a newly formed research organization, Nekton. They have been brought together to increase scientific and public understanding of the deep ocean and highlight the urgent need for a coherent global policy to protect this unexplored final frontier. Scientists from a dozen marine institutes will participate in the scientific mission across three locations: Bermuda, Nova Scotia, and the High Seas (NW Atlantic & Sargasso Sea) from July 14 to August 16. 
 
Nekton is a UK-based, charitable, scientific research foundation created to explore, research and document the deep ocean, Earth’s least-explored and critically important ecosystem. Nekton’s first research program is the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey which will create a new standardised methodology for measuring physical, chemical and biological indicators to access the function, health and resilience of the deep ocean.  The mission will use cutting-edge technology including the latest manned submersibles with fully spherical hulls, remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) and virtual reality 360° cameras. 
 

Project Baseline with Rock the Ocean 2016

Tortuga Music Festival - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - April 15-17, 2016

Held on the white sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park in a beautiful oceanside setting, Tortuga Music Festival is a multi-day, multi-stage music festival featuring some of the biggest names in country, rock and roots music. This entire music festival is dedicated to one mission: raising awareness about marine issues and protection! Tortuga Music Festival works hand in hand with the Rock The Ocean Foundation to increase public awareness about the issues impacting the world’s oceans and to support scientific research, education and ocean conservation initiatives.  Look for Global Sub Dive's two person submersible in the Conservation Village right in the heart of the festival. We can't wait to meet you!

Port Everglades Reef Documentation - Fort Lauderdale, FL - March 21-22, 2016

Miami WaterKeeper and Project Baseline team up to highlight the potential for reef damage during the upcoming Port Everglades dredging and expansion project. The groups will conduct unprecedented SCUBA and human occupied submersible operations, establishing and publicizing critical baseline record of current reef conditions. Event highlights include special guest appearance on March 21st by renown explorer, conservationist and TV personality, Philippe Cousteau and an evening social aboard Baseline Explorer to close out the event, docked at Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale, which is open to the public on March 22nd.

During the event, scuba and submersible divers will collect valuable baseline data from sections of the Florida Reef Tract just south of the Port Everglades shipping channel. Select images and video segments collected from the dives will be incorporated into Project Baseline’s online database of global aquatic conditions. http://www.projectbaseline.org/ (click on “search our database” blue box on home page to access.)
 

Mission: Ocean Discovery - Fort Pierce, FL - Opening January 16, 2016

FAU HBOIFlorida Atlantic University (FAU) Harbor Branch has entered into a partnership with Global Underwater Explorers (GUE), Project Baseline and Brownies Global Logistics (BGL) for use of their Baseline Explorer research vessel. One of the many outstanding pieces of equipment on board are two manned AUVs. With shared interests in ocean exploration and conservation, the partnership has led to two collaborative expeditions thus far to investigate the status and health of coral reef ecosystems in the Florida Keys and Florida’s Treasure Coast. 

FAU invites you to come and experience an expedition of discovery – through technology – into the underwater world at thier Mission: Ocean Discovery exhibit, opening Saturday, January 16, 2016 in the new exhibit gallery of the Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Visitor's Center. There is no charge for individual and family public visits to the ODVC. For more information about the Ocean Discovery Visitor's Center, or to inquire about scheduling group visits, please call 772-242-2293.
 

Hack4Reno - Reno, NV November 7, 2015

What is Hack4Reno? Right from the source...it's about "Big Data. Little Barriers. Building a smarter city begins with a conversation. Hack for Reno has historically been a weekend hackathon event to build apps that create a more informed and engaged community in the city of Reno. This year, we're hosting the first Hack For Reno Summit, a day of short talks, panels and activities that will explore the intersections of technology and government." Vanessa Belz, Project Baseline Program Manager will be delivering a short presentation using PB: Lake Tahoe as an example of how Project Baseline empowers citizens to observe and record changes in the world's aquatic environments in a way that fosters public awareness and supports political action.

DEMA - Orlando, FL November 4 - 7, 2015

Project Baseline at DEMA

The Dive Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) event is coming up! This year, scuba diving professionals will enjoy "the only international trade-only event for the diving, action watersports and travel industries." Attendees are invited to educate, collaborate, and discover and enhance experiences in all things diving during this four day event. This year, look for Project Baseline at the GoPro booth (#482.) Project Baseline principals will be there, ready to answer questions and show off one of our coolest underwater documentation and exploration tools...one of our manned submersibles will be on display! So come check us out and learn more about how sharing what scuba and submersible divers see underwater helps protect the places we all love to play. 
 

BGC Charity Day - New York City, September 11, 2015

Project Baseline is proud to announce we have received financial support from BGC Partners’ annual Charity Day which will be hosted on Friday, September 11, 2015. Every year, BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald, in conjunction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, commemorate the 658 Cantor and the 61 Eurobrokers employees who perished on September 11, 2001 by distributing 100% of their global revenues on Charity Day to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and dozens of charities around the world. Since its inception, Charity Day has raised approximately $113 million globally.  Global Underwater Explorers and it’s central conservation initiative, Project Baseline, is a federally recognized non-profit 501(c)3 entity that empowers passionate citizens to observe and record change within the world’s aquatic environments in a way that fosters public awareness and supports political action. Our organization depends solely on GUE memberships and an array of funding sources to carry on our underwater documentation and public awareness work throughout over 25 countries (and growing!) into 2015 and beyond. 

HARBOR BRANCH OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTE AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY

Special Event - Ft. Pierce, FL - June 22, 2015

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University welcomes the 146 foot Baseline Explorer to continue collaborative research and exploration between HBOI-FAU and Global Underwater Explorers (GUE).  GUE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the exploration and conservation of the underwater world. In 2009, GUE established Project Baseline, a grassroots, environmental conservation initiative that has empowered citizens and divers to observe and record change within the world’s aquatic environments.
 
On Monday, June 22, from 3:00-4:30 all HBOI faculty and staff will have the opportunity to tour the vessel and interact with its passionate and dedicated crew. Please contact Joshua Voss at jvoss2@fau.edu or x62538 if you plan to attend or have any questions about the event.   
 
Baseline Explorer is a private research vessel, owned and operated by Brownies Global Logistics since the start of 2015. The ship is 146’ long with a 36’ beam and is equipped with two manned submersibles, a recompression chamber, and gas compressors to support advanced diving operations to depths of 1,000’. To date, Brownies Global Logistics as has supported marine research by teaming with three universities (including FAU-Harbor Branch) in Florida, the Azores, and Portugal. For more information, visit globalsubdive.com/docs/BaselineExplorerSpecSheet.pdf
 

 

Tortuga Music Festival - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - April 11-12, 2015

Held on the white sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park in a beautiful oceanside setting, Tortuga Music Festival is a multi-day, multi-stage music festival featuring some of the biggest names in country, rock and roots music. This entire music festival is dedicated to one mission: raising awareness about marine issues and protection! Tortuga Music Festival works hand in hand with the Rock The Ocean Foundation to increase public awareness about the issues impacting the world’s oceans and to support scientific research, education and ocean conservation initiatives. 

Look for Project Baseline in the Conservation Village right in the heart of the festival! Come declare the place you love to play by stopping by our booth and signing our banner. By publicly declaring the name of the place you love to play, we hope all concert goers will take ownership and action in support of their favorite beach, snorkeling, swimming or diving area. Everyone who signs our banner and posts a picture of our banner (pictured below) to social media using #pbrocks is automatically entered to win a free 2015 GoPro! We can't wait to meet you!

 

 
 
NETLAKE Event - Belgrade, Serbia - April 7-9, 2015
 
Project Baseline: Nionplas and Project Baseline: Vinkeveen have been working together to secure an invitation to  a workshop of the Networking Lake Observatories in Europe (2012-2016). This is part of the European Union COST Action ES 1201 NETLAKE and is arranged by Centre for Freshwater and Environmental Studies. 
 
Over the course of three days, Project Baseline volunteer representatives will learn and share information about current citizen initiatives and work with ambassadors per European country. Lakes represent important resources within Europe. Besides providing drinking water, hydroelectric power, flood control, recreation and fisheries, they are essential parts of our landscape and the source of spiritual wellbeing. NETLAKE’s chief aim is the establishment of the NETLAKE network itself, bridging communication gaps between researchers, policy makers and managers, and between scientists and local communities. Working Group 3 in NETLAKE is dedicated to CITIZEN SCIENCE, linking scientists with local communities for the protection of water resources.
 
This workshop will exchange knowledge between scientists and citizens about our lake systems and to explore different ways in which this goal can be achieved. We will also test a set of potential measurement methods and draft a monitoring schedule suitable for citizen scientists to run in tandem with a larger multi-lake survey that is planned within NETLAKE this summer. 
 
 
 

 

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Project Baseline has been at the forefront of increasing awareness of Florida reef decline as well as monitoring the health index for nearly 70 marine and freshwater environments world-wide since 2009. Watch as Project Baseline takes CNN underwater for special media coverage on Florida reefs - http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/06/26/florida-dying-reefs-sanchez-nd.cnn