Google Sea View is a watery variation of the famous Google Street View, which promises to gives the best of awesome seaviews, as a part of the scientific survery of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
With 360-degree picturesque underwater views, the Catlin Seaview Survey is a joint venture between Google, the University of Queensland and insurance firm the Catlin Group, who have funded the project.
The Google Sea View is an endeavor to gather more inputs on understanding the impact of climatic change on the oceans and deep water corals by undertaking analysis of creatures and objects from sea level to more than 300ft below the surface.
University of Queensland Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said, “The Catlin Seaview Survey comprises a series of studies which will reveal to the public one of the last frontiers on Earth – the oceans. For the first time in history, we have the technology available to broadcast the findings and expedition through Google. Millions of people will be able to experience the life, the science and the magic that exists under the surface of our oceans.”
The experiment is being performed with underwater cameras and image recognition software. Underwater cameras equipped with extreme fish eye lenses shooting concurrently will be involved in capturing the extensive panorama, along with a camera-mounted scooter pointing unswervingly downwards, capturing the surface that the reef is growing from as it travels along.
Satellite tracked tags will be fitted oto the green turtles, manta rays and tiger sharks to monitor thier temperature, migration, depth and breeding patterns. There will be a special Youtube channel to capture the sub-sea live treams and thousands of survey panoramas will be shown to the users through Google Earth and Google Maps
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