This service will work about the same way Google Street View works. Only, of course, there will be no road markings, cars, or people. All because the project is dedicated to the Great Barrier Reef, which surrounds most of the Australian coastline. It was because of the reefs that the continent’s coastline used to be known as very dangerous – nowadays sailors have trouble with the reefs, too. So, Google’s new project will create a panorama of the Great Barrier Reef, where the smallest detail – whether it’s a fish or a piece of coral – will be visible.
The project will involve special cameras capable of working at depths of up to 100 meters. Photographers wearing scuba gear are going to get about 50 thousand panoramic pictures of both the reef and its inhabitants. It will be possible to access the database of photos through Google Earth and Google Maps.
The name of the project published in the title is "Google SeaView" is not yet official, it is what some developers call it. Of course, the goals pursued by the Google team are quite clear. First, it’s to record the development of coral reefs off the coast of Australia. In the future, it will be possible to compare the data from future studies with the current picture. It is this comparison that will allow us to trace the relationship between climate change and ocean ecosystems.
In addition, the project also includes the creation of a clear map of Australia’s coastline, showing the smallest features. Seafarers already need this – they will have precise data at their disposal, from which modern navigation charts can be created. Nowadays ships, especially tankers, are constantly at risk – if the captain makes the slightest mistake, the ship can get into an accident. And apart from the ship and its crew, the most complex ecosystem will suffer. We all know what a tanker accident can lead to.
Scientists of various specialties, too, will have at their disposal valuable data with which to work. All in all, the project can be useful to many, thousands of specialists, and millions of people will enjoy viewing panoramas of ocean life.