Project Baseline is an endeavor to connect people with the alarming changes that are occurring in our underwater world, from mountain lakes to ocean reefs and all waters in between. Project Baseline aims to provide the people who can see these places and these changes with an effective voice to promote and support much needed and forever sustained conservation. At its heart, Project Baseline is a great experiment that tests the significance and role of the common but passionate citizen in the growing global struggle to protect the vast and vulnerable life beneath the waves. We believe this role is to observe and to give voice to this life that is mostly otherwise invisible and mute. We believe that the significance of this role is literally immeasurable. Project Baseline works by organizing and mobilizing a global network of highly skilled and passionate divers 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. And, when compiled into mini-documentaries, our observations and collaborations become compelling stories that will inspire the far greater numbers of people that do not dive and cannot see the change to demand effective and lasting environmental conservation.
Photo Credit: Pilar Barrera