Google, NOAA Dive Deep to Map Reefs and Shipwrecks
Google has joined hands with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to map the new depths of U. S. Marine Sanctuary. They dived deep into the Florida coast to capture new images of reefs and shipwrecks. The street view will let a user take a look of depths of the ocean.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's scientists are using a "fisheye" camera to capture the images of reefs.
Google is the corporate sponsor and scientific agency and has also hired other agencies to capture images of reefs in the Caribbean and Australia. There are already more than 400,000 images of the reefs in Australia and the Caribbean Islands.
Recently, a high resolution satellite was launched to send quality images of earth. DigitalGlobe has launched its extremely powerful satellite, Worldview-3, from a military base in California to get high resolution images of earth. DigitalGlobe provides its services to Google and Google Earth.
The satellite has the ability to capture images at 31 cm resolution. This is the first time when a satellite with such high resolution is being used to capture the images. It can focus on a windshield of a car from its perch in orbit. The satellite has the ability to get a clear image of a license plate.
Jeffrey R. Tarr, president and Chief Executive Officer of DigitalGlobe, said, "As a result of the U. S. Government's recent decision to allow us to sell our highest quality imagery, we've seen sufficient demand".
In a new undertaking, Google and NOAA will let users go into the depths of Florida coast. While not all the images and data being taken will be provided to Google, scientists will keep a large segment to better understand the marine world.
Earlier, scientists were using Google's cables for the project, which has become a favorite target for sharks.
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