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Coral Reef Restoration

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Underwater drone surveys

Using programmed waypoint software, our drone pilots navigate coordinate-specific pathways to gather replicable data sets of Hawaii's coral reefs for further analysis.

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Robots on the Reef AI

Our latest AI program uses the images collected from programmed drone surveys and evaluates them in order to detect unhealthy spots on the reefs.


Community outreach

Reef Guardians believe that without the next generation's support and interest, this research would be for nothing, and use their after school and summer Reef Camp sessions to inspire the minds of tomorrow's thinkers.

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Documentary film work is always accompanied by sound research and the best technology in the field to enable the creation of informative and educational films. While in the process of documenting new discoveries, our work has always involved collaboration with community, government, universities and non profit organizations. During our work in the Hawaiian islands, On the Wave founder Harry Rabin founded and funded the non profit Reef Guardians, which brings together scientists and researchers to study human impacts and climate change on world reefs.


Over the years, both education and research to monitor and improve the health of coral reefs and near shore environments have been Reef Guardian's key focuses. It’s latest research project, “Robots on the Reef” is setting the bar for monitoring this invaluable ocean environment using autonomous submersible drones to capture 3D imaging for assessment of near-shore reef systems. Employing similar GPS waypoint software that On the Wave Marine Research uses for their Legacy Wellhead project back in California, "Robots on the Reef" scans and detects images of coral on reefs taken at the same location over time to determine the health and viability of a particular reef ecosystem.

On the Wave and Reef Guardians hope to use this comparative temporal data to help inform policies and practices devoted towards protecting vulnerable near-shore habitats by providing accurate and real-time information regarding the most vulnerable locations.

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