The University of Queensland has announced that it will team with Google to undertake a pioneering study of the composition and health of Great Barrier Reef coral. The Catlin Seaview Survey, launching in September, will use new camera technology to document the Reef to an unprecedented depth of 100m.
On top of its direct scientific and ecological goals, the project has been designed to excite significant public interest. With Google’s help, the 360-degree panorama images captured by the underwater camera will eventually be stitched together and made available online. The project will also have a dedicated YouTube channel, and livestream broadcasts from the ocean floor.