Each year, scientists from the Mega Lab map and monitor coral reefs around the world. In 2021, they began mapping the most well-known surf break on the planet The Banzai Pipeline. Notorious for its relentless power and jagged sharp reef, Cliff Kapono, John Burns and Kailey Pascoe explore how mapping this iconic reef can help better protect reefs across the world. The Mega Lab specializes in studying coral health and has developed innovative ways to monitor the reef by creating 3D models of the benthic environments. It is where new technology is being invented to better protect our oceans and reefs. These models then are used to interpret the chemical, and geophysical impacts that affect coral systems. Our work with Cliff advances global awareness and knowledge around the importance that coral reefs play on our planet and how we can work together to protect them.
Photos by Brent Bielmann
Edits by Cliff Kapono