This news article explains the background to a project which I've been slightly involved in on the sidelines for a while now, and am just finishing off the 2nd of a series of resource contributions to what will become a major resource for geography and science teachers. While waiting for a connecting flight in Dusseldorf airport, this was a major feature on the German news, so it's been getting good coverage.
To watch more, take a view at this remarkable video:
The project is in association with Jamie Buchanan Dunlop and the team at Digital Explorer, who have worked with Catlin: the insurance company which is funding this project previously (as did I) on the Frozen Oceans resource pack.
Catlin Seafloor Survey is underway and the first of tens of thousands of images have now been released.
Some remarkable pictures from the tool are available here...
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the World's great places, and a World Heritage Site.
Perhaps with these 'virtual' trips there will be less need for people to physically visit the areas which are threatened and fragile, or will they actually encourage more people to visit them ?
I'll keep you posted on the resources as they are produced. Jamie is heading out to Australia shortly to work on some video materials. The final pack is due out at the end of the year, or early 2013....