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Visual Record of Great Barrier Reef Published

Catlin Seaview Survey team at work. (Photo Credit: Catlin Seaview Survey)

The Catlin Seaview Survey announced that a complete visual and data record from its expeditions along the Great Barrier Reef is now available to anyone to use through the Catlin Global Reef Record.

The Great Barrier Reef records, collected in collaboration with scientists from the Global Change Institute (GCI) at The University of Queensland, now include more than 100,000 images from 32 locations along the length of the UNESCO World Heritage Marine Site. The library of data and images is the most extensive published visual record of the Great Barrier Reef and includes 360-degree images, accurately GPS located.

The work was funded by global insurance company Catlin Group Ltd. It is part of the Catlin Seaview Survey, which is documenting coral reefs around the world to create a baseline record of coral reef health. Through the imagery, the survey is also revealing these underwater environments to a worldwide audience, as well as providing important scientific information about the health of coral reefs on the Great Barrier Reef. Coral reefs are vulnerable to local stresses, such as overfishing, pollution and climate change, making them some of the most fragile ecosystems in the ocean.

Source: Catlin Seaview Survey press release

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