Tour Great Barrier Reef up close via Youtube

A new scientific survey will give anyone access to one of the natural wonders of the world.

A new scientific survey will allow anyone to take a virtual tour of Australia's Great Barrier Reef through Youtube and other Internet sites.

The survey will use a variety of underwater cameras to capture images of the reef as deep as 330 feet. The images will help scientists understand how climate change has affected the reef and will provide them with a way to better survey various underwater species.

"There are a whole series of ways of using the imagery and ultimately this is bridging a gap between science and public awareness," Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, chief scientist of the Catlin Seaview Survey told Reuters.

When stitched together, all of the images captured by researchers will allow scientists and the public to explore the reef remotely through any device connected to the Internet.

The team at Catlin Seaview Survey says the project has the potential to engage society in ocean science in a way that was never before possible.

To learn more about the project, visit Catlin Seaview Survey.

Study aims to bring Great Barrier Reef to living rooms  [Reuters]

Photo via Catlin Seaview Survey

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