What is Project Baseline?

Project Baseline is a global, aquatic conservation initiative that leverages our global network of volunteers, collaborators and supporters to establish environmental baselines by creating a visual legacy of underwater conditions in our oceans, lakes, rivers, springs and flooded caves. By leveraging the power of community building both on and offline, we increase public awareness about the state of water now and in perpetuity. 
Project Baseline works by organizing and mobilizing a global network of divers and water lovers alike to create a lasting visual legacy of underwater environmental conditions one photo and one video at a time. Their images, descriptions, and data are moved into an online database designed to render their observations accessible to the world. Their images create a baseline for environmental quality. When stitched together, those images create a time lapse revealing how that quality is changing. When we couple our divers with scientists and resource managers struggling to understand and protect the ecosystems where we dive, the worth of our effort becomes greater than the sum of its parts. 


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