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We’re pleased to report that the number of researchers using AARNet’s CloudStor service to quickly, easily and securely send and receive huge files soared past the 10k mark in mid-January. Latest count = 10,394 CloudStor users.

Researchers use CloudStor to transfer high-res satellite imagery

We recently heard from Iliana Chollett, a Research Fellow currently based at the University of Queensland for the FORCE (Future of Reefs in a Changing Environment) project.

Chollett and collaborators in Europe, the United States and Honduras are using CloudStor to share high-resolution satellite imagery and other large files for a project that will inform marine conservation planning for the Miskito Cays, east of Honduras.

Industrial fishing is soon to be banned from the waters around the Cays because of dangerous and unsustainable practices and an area for the exclusive use of artisanal fisheries has been proposed along with the development of new fisheries (hook and line targeting yellowtail snapper and pelagics, and skin diving for conch and lobster) to ensure local livelihoods. Marine conservation planning will provide strategies for sustainable use of marine resources.

Chollett says the remote Miskito Cays are largely unknown from a research perspective and encompass coral reef, seagrass and mangrove ecosystems. Nautical charts and satellite imagery of different resolutions (including very high-resolution Quickbird and Pleiades satellite imagery) are being used to create the habitat maps needed for marine conservation planning.

“CloudStor has been key to transferring hi-res imagery and maps between project collaborators in a secure, and super-fast way,” she said.

The project, titled Ensuring marine resources and livelihoods: Conservation planning for the Miskito Cays is a collaboration between Centro de Estudios Marinos (CEM, Honduran NGO), Smithsonian Institution (Florida, USA), European Union’s FORCE (Future of Reefs in a Changing Environment) project, through the University of Exeter (UK) and University of Queensland (Australia).

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