A rapid baseline survey of the world's coral reefs.
If you're going to reveal the oceans, why not collect imagery that is a valuable scientific record too - a global record on a 'Google scale' that enables scientists to monitor change over time. The Seaview Survey is the most comprehensive survey of the world's coral reefs that has ever been carried out.
We teamed up with The University of Queensland, and numerous other scientific partners in addition to XL Catlin (our main sponsor) and Google to create a new way of surveying underwater environments over 30 times more efficient than the traditional method. The technology was so successful it allowed us to create the most comprehensive standardized global baseline record of coral reefs and we've made it freely available to all. But it's not just great science, the project's outreach campaign has generated over $200m worth of media exposure for around the issue of coral reef decline.