Catlin Seaview Survey Charter - Lizard Island

Catlin Seaview Survey Charter - Lizard IslandNov 2012

The Catlin Seaview Survey is creating a baseline record of the world’s coral reefs, in high-resolution 360-degree panoramic vision. It will enable change to be clearly monitored over time and will help scientists, policy makers and the public at large to see and understand the issues reefs are facing and work out what needs to be done to best protect coral reefs now and into the future.


The Catlin Seaview Survey commenced in September 2012 on an icon of the natural world, the Great Barrier Reef. The team surveyed 32 reefs along the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef and out to the remote Coral Sea.
Aroona took the Catlin executive crew up to Lizard Island to experience for themselves some of the many wonders that the Great Barrier Reef has to offer and to get a feel for what their science and film crews had been working so hard to document and capture on film with the use of a revolutionary new camera that takes continuous 360-degree panoramic images. The Catlin Seaview SVII camera does for the underwater, what Google’s Street View did for dry land. Rapid-fire 360 degree images are taken every 3 seconds whilst travelling at a speed of approximately 4km/h. Images are then stitched together and published online in a fashion that allows anyone with a desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone to self-navigate a ‘virtual dive’ in stunning high-resolution.
This is an amazing project and Aroona were very privileged to support such a monumental task. Check out the website to see the Catlin Seaview Survey team