You may be one of those teachers who has used Google Street View to take your students on, for example, a virtual tour of the Giza pyramids. Or maybe you went scuba diving on 8 June 2015 to mark World Oceans Day.
Google invited everyone to explore the oceans around the Galapagos Islands, American Samoa, Bali, the Bahamas and countless other watery wonderlands with a view to inspiring humans to clean up the seas.
The expanded search function also meant that Google and its users witnessed the effects of climate change on oceanic ecosystems. Virtual divers could see for themselves how precious coral reefs that sustain marine life, protect coastlines from erosion and support fishing economies and tourism are being poisoned by pollution.
Google has worked for four years on the project with XL Catlin Seaview Survey, a conservation project sponsored by global insurance group XL Catlin Group Limited. A team of scientists operating out of the University of Queensland, Australia, used advanced digital recording equipment to “create a baseline record of the world’s coral reefs, in high-resolution 360-degree panoramic vision. [By monitoring] oceanic environments around the world… we can create a scientific baseline record with which to monitor global change.”
Category: Spring 2015