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NASA Created a Game That Lets You Help Map the Ocean's Coral Reefs


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A screenshot from the game.

A game developed by researchers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ames Research Center can help map coral reefs.

Credit: Ry Crist/CNET

Researchers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center have developed a game that anyone can play to help map the ocean's diversity of coral reefs.

NeMO-Net players virtually travel the ocean floor in a vessel called the Nautilus, identifying and classifying whatever coral they see.

The researchers will use data collected from the game to help train the Pleiades supercomputer to recognize coral in any image of the ocean floor.

As the supercomputer learns to recognize coral, researchers will be better able to map and track changes in coral populations, which are considered essential to the marine ecosystem.

Said Ames researcher Ved Chirayath, "NeMO-Net leverages the most powerful force on this planet: not a fancy camera or a supercomputer, but people."

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