Redmap is in the running for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science, a new category at the awards this year.
What's so special about the Redmap project? Redmap (Range Extension Database and Mapping project) encourages citizen scientists around Australia to upload photos and sightings of marine life not commonly found at their local fishing, diving and swimming spots.
Each photo is then verified by a taxonomic expert. These community observations help scientists track which species may be moving away from their usual home range in response to warming seas.
“Redmap Australia is an innovative collaboration between over 80 scientists, thousands of citizen scientists and 15 institutes around the country, which is providing an early indication of how our marine ecosystems are changing so we are better prepared to adapt to these changes,” Professor Pecl said.
The 2016 awards will be announced at a gala dinner in Sydney on 31 August.
Watch this space!
Read more about the 2016 Eureka Prizes finalists.