Google To Track Commercial Fishing Vessels

By Alex Whiting (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Anyone with internet access and a passion for seafood will soon be able to track commercial fishing trawlers all over the world, with a new tool that its developers hope will help end the overfishing that has decimated the world's fish stocks.   Millions of people depend on fish to survive, and fish will be vital to … [Read more...]

Google Releases Stunning Underwater Street View For World Oceans Day

In celebration of World Oceans Day  Google has announced a new map feature that can allow you to explore brand new Street View imagery of more than 40 locations around the world, including the American Samoa and Chagos Islands and underwater dives in Bali, the Bahamas and the Great Barrier Reef. Google hopes the release of this imagery inspires people to … [Read more...]

Google Animates 315 Years Of Ocean Data

The International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set (ICOADS) is "probably the most complete and heterogeneous collection of surface marine data in existence," according to NOAA, and consists of a digital database of 261 million weather observations made by ships, weather ships, and weather buoys spanning the years 1662 to 2007. And it's just been animated by Google … [Read more...]

Atlantis Found (then lost again!) on Google Earth

The National Ocean Service, has a minor problem they wish to address.  While ‘navigating' the ocean floor in Google Earth, countless amateur  oceanographers have emailed the service thinking they, by chance,  ‘discovered' the lost city of Atlantis. Alas, while the strange grid-like patterns they found were in fact created by humans, the patterns were not the result … [Read more...]

Update Marks The 3rd Anniversary of Google Oceans With High Definition Cartography

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n the three years since Google earthexpanded its reach into the ocean the company has focused with enthusiasm on building great relationships with the world's leading oceanographers, people like David Sandwell at Scripps/UCSD, Sylvia Earl and Walter Smith at NOAA, and many others have collaborated to bring greater depth and accuracy to Google Ocean. And … [Read more...]