Dive Into Underwater Street View

Jenifer Austin, Richard Vevers

Google and Catlin Seaview Survey's Richard Vevers have partnered together to bring the first ever underwater street view imagery to Google Maps. Learn how Catlin Seaview Survey has built a special camera to collect this spectacular surround imagery. Their goal in partnership with University of Queensland professor Dr. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is to empower a global reef record to create a snapshot in time of the world's coral reef areas, starting with the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Explore also Apo Island, Philippines, Molokini Atoll, Maui, Hanauma Bay, Hawaii and now for the first time the pristine Raja Ampat, Indonesia. They have built an impressive 3 million following on Google Plus enabling public engagement through underwater diver hangouts.

  • Jenifer Austin

    Jenifer Austin Foulkes manages Google’s Ocean Program which includes a compelling consumer map of the ocean available in Google Earth and Google Maps and an Ocean Education Showcase with narrated stories by numerous contributors like Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue Foundation, the Cousteau Society, MBARI and NOAA. She recently partnered with Catlin Seaview Survey to launch underwater Streetview in Google Maps. The Google Ocean Program was awarded the Wildaid Leadership Award on May 11, 2012 at Wildaid’s Annual Gala, the 2012 Blue Frontier Peter Benchley Excellence in Exploration award on June 1st at the California Academy of Sciences alongside President Tong of Kiribati and US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, the 2009 Aquarium of the Pacific at Long Beach's Ocean Conservation Award, and the 2009 Heal the Bay "Walk the Talk" Award Bring Back the Beach Award. In 2007, she helped launch the Google Earth Outreach Program which supports nonprofit groups using Google’s geotools to change the world. Jenifer holds an undergraduate degree in biology and went on leave from her PhD program at Stanford University in the Neurosciences to work at Google for its cofounders. As an undergraduate, she studied marine biology and was the first to describe that the sea slug Hypselodoris zebra has lecithotropic larve while at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and then went on to a summer fellowship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. In addition to serving on the Sylvia Earle Alliance Mission Blue foundation board, she also is a member of the Blue Ocean Film Festival and UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab external advisory boards and sits on the Working Group for the World Bank Global Partnership for the Oceans. Jenifer enjoys photography, diving, waltzing, and inspiring a love for the sea in her children.

    Jenifer Austin on Google+

  • Richard Vevers

    I'm an ex-AD MAN  who founded Underwater Earth - a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promotion the ocean. The Seaview Project is the organisation’s highest profile project – working in collaboration with Google to reveal underwater environments using specially developed 360 degree panoramic cameras. 

    Richard Vevers on Google+