2012 - THE ADVENTURES BEGIN
After inventing the revolutionary underwater 360-degree SVII camera system, and launching underwater Google Street View to the world at the Economist World Ocean Summit, we kicked off our surveying on the Great Barrier Reef - the most comprehensive scientific survey of the Reef in history. We had two teams working on five separate expeditions, a shallow reef team and a deep reef team going places no one has ever gone before.
2013 - GOING GLOBAL
Following the success of our Australian expeditions, we took the project global - heading off to the Caribbean region. 13 Caribbean countries and side expeditions to Bermuda, Galapagos, Monaco and numerous other locations made this an amazingly successful year.
2014 - INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS
We teamed up with NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to do our first major survey in the US - that was in addition to our survey of numerous locations across the Coral Triangle. It was also a year where we partnered with UNESCO, held our first exhibition, surveyed the coastal and harbour regions of Sydney, started community engagement work, re-visited the Great Barrier Reef after Cyclone Ita and got involved in several documentaries.
2015 - THE LEAD UP TO COP21
Although we witnessed and revealed the start of the 3rd Global Bleaching Event in 2014, it really started to gather momentum in 2015. We revisited American Samoa twice to record both reef bleaching and reef dying for the first time using 360-degree photography. We had major expeditions in both the Indian Ocean and the Pacific, and a major exhibition at the Natural History Museum. Then came Paris and COP21. It was a very busy year.
2016 - 3RD GLOBAL BLEACHING EVENT CONTINUES
The 3rd Global Coral Bleaching event continued throughout the year and we were the only team tracking it around the world. It was the year we finished the Chasing Coral filming, started our Seaview Education program with Google, and expanded our focus from the documenting and revealing the problem to also creating a solution: a global plan to save corals.
2017 - 50 REEFS LAUNCHES AND CHASING CORAL GETS A GLOBAL NETFLIX DEAL
2017 started with the team on the big screen as Chasing Coral made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the US Documentary Audience Award. Soon after, we launched our next big collaborative initiative, 50 Reefs - the only global plan to save coral reefs - at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali. And we continued to track the 3rd Global Bleaching Event as it hit the Great Barrier Reef for an unprecedented second year in a row.
2018 - Most remote atoll revealed virtually
Launched at EARTHx we put one of the most remote coral atolls in the world, Palmyra Atoll, on the virtual map with a suite of 360 content. Because Palmyra’s reefs are as close to pristine as those found anywhere else in the world, with minimal human disturbance, the atoll serves as an ideal natural laboratory, providing scientists with a baseline for what a healthy coral reef ecosystem should look like. The team continue to reveal these environments for all to see and push for an increase in marine protection.
Underwater Earth was formed in 2010 in Sydney, Australia.
Co-founders of Underwater Earth and The Ocean Agency, Lorna Parry and Christophe Bailhache, lead the founding Australian registered charity, Underwater Earth.
Founder Richard Vevers relocated to Washington DC in 2017 from where he currently runs an unrelated US operation called The Ocean Agency.
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