New survey to chart condition of Great Barrier Reef
A pioneering scientific expedition to document the health of coral on the Great Barrier Reef will be undertaken as a joint venture between global technology giant Google, the University of Queensland's Global Change Institute, not-for-profit organisation Underwater Earth and insurance company Catlin.
The Catlin Seaview Survey camera, developed specifically for the expedition, will capture thousands of 360-degree underwater panoramas. When stitched together, these will allow people to choose a location, dip underwater and go for a virtual dive at all of the locations visited by the expedition.
The project's chief scientist, Professor Ove Hoegh Guldberg from the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland, said the scientific data gathered would strengthen the understanding about how climate change and other environmental changes are likely to affect ocean ecosystems like the Great Barrier Reef.
“The visual nature of the project will also help bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and public awareness,” Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said.
The project is an ambitious technical undertaking which aims to capture the public's imagination and engage people with science like never before.
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