Australian researchers to launch "virtual tour" of Tubbataha Reef

But nothing beats the real thing, of course.

Kim Luces of GMA News Online reports that netizens will soon be able to take a virtual tour of the Tubbataha reef in Palawan, thanks to a survey on Philippine coral reefs being undertaken with the help of a specialized high-resolution camera system by researchers from an Australian university.

The report explained that scientists from the University of Queensland (UQ) will be undertaking the expedition to the protected marine reserve as part of the Catlin Seaview Survey, a project of the university's Global Change Institute that aims to "reveal the impact of environmental change on the world’s coral reefs."


UQ researchers will be conducting their survey with the help of The Seaview SVII, a device that has three cameras attached to an orb. The equipment takes "360-degree panoramic images every three seconds simultaneously while it’s travelling at about four kilometers per hour." Anyone with Internet access will be able to view the high-resolution images to be posted online.


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