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Google launches street view underwater maps

Australia: Google added panoramic underwater Street View-style imagery to Google Maps. The company added panoramic undersea images of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the waters off the Apo Islands in the Philippines and underwater life around the Hawaiian islands.

Google obtained the imagery through a partnership with the Catlin Seaview Survey, a project designed to expose the hidden world that exists in oceans around the world, beginning with the Great Barrier Reef.

“The Global Reef Record is a game-changing scientific tool that scientists around the world will have at their fingertips,” lead scientist Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said in a statement. “They will be able to monitor change in marine environments now and in the future. Marine scientists researching any aspect of the reef will be able to study these environments from any of the surveys we conduct – Shallow Reef or Deep Reef,” he added.

In order to capture the underwater panoramic images, the team used the Catlin Seaview SVII, a specially designed underwater camera that rapidly shoots 360-degree images every three seconds as the photographer moves through the underwater environment at a speed of roughly two miles per hour. While capturing some of the data the team also used specially equipped tablets to conduct live underwater Google+ Hangouts with viewers.

Source: IT Pro Portal