Nothing is more enjoyable than cruising around the world on Google’s Streetview but one thing it has always missed is its inability to show the world what lies beyond land. Now the Catlin Seaview Survey (powered by Google) aims to right that wrong.
From September, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef will begin to be imaged in full using manually driven underwater ‘scooters’ with 360 degree cameras attached as well as robotic submarines to give a deep reef survey at depths of 30-100m. As well as being available as an interactive service similar to street view, Google is also developing a bespoke Youtube channel for this service.
Not only will this give the public an unprecedented view into the aquatic landscape it will also allow scientists to study reef damage and migratory patterns of a host of water-dwelling species. If (like me) you can hardly contain your excitement in anticipation of this check out the demos already available for your viewing pleasure.