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Space for Planet Earth

Applications are now open for Space for Planet Earth – an environmental and technology-based initiative, that seeks to find ways to use satellite technology to improve the monitoring of coral health changes due to coral change.

You can enter the competition as an individual or a team, and you will work to research a technology solution for how satellite technology can be used to monitor the health of coral reefs, and identify changes to coral health. For example,

  • Can you help distinguish live coral from algae cover with satellite data?
  • Can you help validate coral bleaching hotspots for a local region?

If your idea/proposal makes it successfully through the first stage, you’ll be selected for a science and technology mentoring program to help develop and refine your idea.  You’ll then travel to Christchurch to pitch your idea. First place will receive $10,000 NZD and Scholarship to the MMAARS Virtual Academy Analog Astronautics Program.

For more information about the competition and what’s required, please see
There is also an information session at Victoria University on 23rd August for more information.
Entries/proposals need to be in by 31st October.
If you have any questions, or get stuck, you can contact Dr Rowe for advice at