We are very proud to be the preferred location partners of Catlin Seaview Survey, a series of scientific expeditions to explore and survey the world's coral reefs.
The Catlin Seaview Survey is creating a baseline record of the world’s coral reefs, in high-resolution 360-degree panoramic vision. It will enable change to be clearly monitored over time and will help scientists, policy makers and the public at large to see and understand the issues reefs are facing and work out what needs to be done to best protect coral reefs now and into the future. The Survey commenced in September 2012 on an icon of the natural world, the Great Barrier Reef. The team surveyed 32 reefs along the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef and out to the remote Coral Sea. In total 150km of reef were surveyed and recorded and the 105,000, GPS located, panoramic images from the survey are currently being analysed.
Developed and overseen by Chief Scientist, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director of the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland, and independently reviewed by a panel of international experts, the Catlin Seaview Survey will create a baseline record of reefs (The Catlin Global Reef Record) that will allow scientists and the public at large to effectively monitor change in reef health over time.
Lady Elliot Island is the preferred location partner of the Catlin Seaview Survey due to its prime location on the Great Barrier Reef, as well as for the world class diving and snorkelling conditions found right on the island's doorstep.
Catlin Seaview Survey has established a global partnership with Google and the survey team used custom designed technology and the world's first underwater tablet-operated camera to collect 360 degree panoramic imager on the survey team's second pilot expedition to Lady Elliot island in May 2012. These images have been stitched together to allow people to find Lady Elliot Island on Google Maps and experience a Virtual Dive to explore the wonders of the reef on our coral cay.