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Hidden Deserts

We need your help to discover the submerged deserts that threaten our oceans!

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The problem

Underwater forests are under threat and, as we lose them, vast deserts are expanding across the oceans.

Underwater desert - Illa de Formentor (Mallorca)
Underwater desert - Illa de Formentor (Mallorca)

As submerged forests disappear, we are also losing all the associated goods and services that are critical for our well-being and to support global economies. Also, with them go the capacity of oceans to buffer climate change.

Overfishing and global warming are the main stressors that threaten kelp forests in the world’s temperate reefs, profoundly transforming these seascapes to bare rock.

Spotting and monitoring these hidden deserts is critical to guarantee the availability of marine resources in the future and for the conservation of oceans worldwide. To do this, we need your help!

Documenting a 'hidden deserts' in Spain

We invite you to participate in the discovery of deserts hidden beneath the oceans’ surface to contribute to the better health of our planet.

Discovering hidden deserts – The project

The project is divided into 3 stages.

STAGE 1: DISCOVERY. To understand how these unknown deserts are formed, we first need to know where they are. We will use a diverse set of exploration tools (aerial and subaquatic drones and SCUBA diving among others) to identify and map them across the world’s oceans.

STAGE 2: MONITORING. Deserts are not static and in many regions are expanding. In the second phase, we will track several deserts to study how they evolve through time. We will draft detailed maps of the deserts using aerial images and scientific diving.

STAGE 3: ACTION. Based on the knowledge gained from STAGE 1 and 2, we will propose plausible solutions to reduce the number of underwater deserts. We will work together with administrators and managers to restore and conserve our lost submerged forest.

How will we spend the money?

Funds will be used to provide basic hardware and other material to researchers, dive centres and other institutions that collaborate with the project, to detect and monitor submerged deserts across the planet.

Most of the funds will be spent on stages 1 and 2 of the project.

Additionally, part of the fund will be used to buy an aerial drone to detect deserts from above the surface of the oceans (necessary to reach remote locations).

All material including drones will be shared among participants.

Finally, a small part of the funds will be used to develop a website to keep you informed about achievements and milestones as we go forward.

  • The Open Explorer initiative and National Geographic, acknowledging the global relevance of this project, are supporting us with an Open Rov device.

We will compensate for your contribution!

We know that your contribution helps everyone so we have several rewards for you!

Some of the rewards for funders
Some of the rewards for funders

'Seawatchers bag': Get your reusable bag and become more sustainable while contributing to better health of the oceans.

Marine life of the Mediterranean Sea: an easy-to-carry guide of the Mediterranean fauna and flora illustrated by Toni Llobet.

Become an explorer: We are preparing a field trip to the magical Costa Brava to uncover new Hidden Deserts. If you want to become an explorer and join us in our journey snorkelling or diving and personally contributing to the project this is the perfect reward for you.

Become a RESEARCHER: An on-board 3-day trip is planned to occur in September 2019. In this campaign, several of the researchers involved in the project will depart from Barcelona in a sailing boat to uncover new deserts on the Spanish coast. This is a 2PAX reward including costs on board and diving and other research activities.

Rewards are expected to be received between September and October 2019. Shipping is included for all the rewards.

The team

International researchers have joined efforts to study underwater deserts in order to prevent their expansion.

Part of the 'Hidden Deserts' team

Supporting institutions

We count on the collaboration of many research institutions and universities from all over the world.

Join our journey

Follow us on:
Instagram: @hidden_deserts
Twitter:@hidden_deserts
Web: Open Explorer

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27 comments

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  • Mari Roy Santos

    Mari Roy Santos

    9 days

    Enhorabuena!! Me alegra que lo hayáis conseguido. Ahora, suerte y constancia!!!

  • carmenbdelossantos

    carmenbdelossantos

    12 days

    Bona sort amb aquest fantàstic projecte Jordi i companyia. ;) (Carmen i Joan)

  • xturon

    xturon

    12 days

    Molta sort, Jordi & Cia

  • Rosa Maria Nácher Arasa

    Rosa Maria Nácher Arasa

    12 days

    Molta sort en el vostre projecte!!!

  • silviaoliva

    silviaoliva

    13 days

    Endavant, Ciccio & co.!!!!!! Bon camì cap a la recerca del coneixement necessari per entendre cap on tirar per afavorir-facilitar-assistir la recuperació dels boscos submarins, fonamentals (entre molts altres aspectes de vital importància) per la resiliencia dels sistemes litorals.

  • Isk102

    Isk102

    13 days

    Volem seguir veient garotes quan els nostres fills bussegin!! Força amb el projecte!

  • Anna Rodríguez Purull

    Anna Rodríguez Purull

    13 days

    Espero que ho aconseguiu!!!!

  • Anna Rodríguez Purull

    Anna Rodríguez Purull

    13 days

    Espero que ho aconseguiu!!!!

  • Coral Garrido

    Coral

    14 days

    Mucho ánimo

  • María Elena Alvarez

    María Elena Alvarez

    15 days

    Good luck! And thanks for the great job!

10€
46 backers
Sea Watcher
  • Your name will appear on the project website.
25€
31 backers
Ocean lover
  • Phone and computer wallpaper of one of the most amazing project shots.

  • Your name will appear on the project website.
35€
4 backers
Wanderlust
  • Biodegradable (Intech3D) World Globe with your name printed.

  • Your name will appear on the project website.
  • Phone and computer wallpaper of one of the most amazing project shots.

Shipping is included.

35€
15 backers
Ocean Enthusiast
  • 'Sea watchers' bag.

  • Your name will appear on the project website.

  • Phone and computer wallpaper of one of the most amazing project shots.

Shipping is included.

40€
38 backers
Plastic free Pantai 1

Isothermal bottle Pantai

  • Your name will appear on the project website.
40€
6 backers
Plastic free Pantai 2

Lunch box Pantai

  • Your name will appear on the project website.
50€
14 backers
Super Enthusiast
  • Print photo of the project acknowledging your contribution to oceans conservation.

  • Your name will appear on the project website.

  • 'Sea watchers' bag.

  • Phone and computer wallpaper of one of the most amazing project shots.

Shipping is included.

50€
4 backers
Surfer Kid
  • Sharky sweatshirt by RADZ HAWAII

  • Your name will appear on the project website
55€
1 backer
Surfer Radz Hawaii
  • Poncho RADZ HAWAII

  • Your name will appear on the project website
65€
12 backers
Plastic free Pantai Pack

Isothermal bottle and Lunch box

  • Your name will appear on the project website.
80€
4 backers
Devoted
  • Guide tour to one of the research institutes including a talk on project objectives and recent outcomes.

  • Your name will appear on the project website.

  • 'Sea watchers' bag.

  • Phone and computer wallpaper of one of the most amazing project shots.

  • Printed photo of the project acknowledging your contribution to oceans conservation.

Shipping is included.

100€
4 backers
Underwater Sydney
  • Underwater Sydney book by Inke Falkner & John Turnbull

  • Your name will appear on the project website.

Shipping within Australia included

110€
12 backers
Deserts discoverer
  • Illustrated guide of the Mediterranean marine life

  • Your name will appear on the project website.

  • 'Sea watchers' bag.

  • Phone and computer wallpaper of one of the most amazing project shots.

  • Printed photo of the project acknowledging your contribution to oceans conservation.

  • Guide tour to one of the research institutes including a talk on project objectives and recent outcomes.

Shipping is included.

250€
5 backers
Explorer
  • Participate in a one-day expedition discovering the hidden deserts together with our research team.

  • Your name will appear on the project website.

  • 'Sea watchers' bag.

  • Phone and computer wallpaper of one of the most amazing project shots.

  • Printed photo of the project acknowledging your contribution to oceans conservation.

  • Guide tour to one of the research institutes including a talk on project objectives and recent outcomes.

  • Illustrated guide of the Mediterranean marine life.

Shipping is included.

1.500€
0 backers
Team building

Full journey with the 'Hidden deserts' team to build up relationships with your colleagues. It includes a guided tour to the research centre, briefing to field work, snorkle or diving and monitoring of hidden deserts. All gear is included.

The activity will be developed in Costa Brava. Travel costs to the area are not included. 10 pax maximum

2.000€
1 backer
Sponsor a drone fleet

If you are a company you can sponsor one of the drones that we use for the research. Your logo will be shown in the drone and the name of the company will be acknowledged in the webpage and social media.

3.000€
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BECOME A RESEARCHER
  • BECOME A RESEARCHER IN A 3-DAY ON-BOARD FIELD TRIP IN THE MEDITERRANEAN (2 PAX). Participate in the discovery of the hidden deserts of the Mediterranean on a sailing boat together with our team of researchers.

  • Your name will appear on the project website.

  • 'Sea watchers' bag.

  • Phone and computer wallpaper of one of the most amazing project shots.

  • Printed photo of the project acknowledging your contribution to oceans conservation.

  • Guide tour to one of the research institutes including a talk on project objectives and recent outcomes.

  • Illustrated guide of the Mediterranean marine life.

  • Participate in a one-day expedition discovering the hidden deserts together with our research team.

Shipping is included.

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