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Last month, Google announced the launch of Google Earth 5.0 – The Ocean, a new feature that enables users of Google Earth to dive beneath the water surface, explore 3D underwater terrain and browse ocean-related content contributed by leaders in ocean science and advocacy.
At the launch event in San Francisco, former vice-president Al Gore said the following to event attendees:
“With this latest version of Google Earth, you can not only zoom into whatever part of our planetâ€™s surface you wish to examine in closer detail, you can now dive into the worldâ€™s oceans that cover almost three-quarters of the planet and discover new wonders that had not been accessible in previous versions of this magical experience.”
Opportunity to study world’s oceans in the context of climate change
At first glance, the ocean feature appears to be not much more than a cool tool. However, it actually has bigger implications for studying the role of the ocean in the context of climate change. Ocean researchers, many of whom gathered at the Google Earth 5.0 launch, provided proof of the need to display ocean data in an attempt to educate the public.
To illustrate this CNN, said that researchers at Stanford University and Duke University were eager to show the tracks of shark travels recorded by radio transmission to satellites. Another showed a Google Earth animation of the gradually shrinking Arctic ice cap over the last 29 years; a third supplied underwater video of the Red Sea as part of the foundation’s mission to chronicle the state of coral reefs.
According to Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of Google, the discussion on climate change, typically neglects the world’s oceans even though about one third of the carbon dioxide that we emit into the atmosphere ends up in the oceans. Recently, there has been increased awareness about issues such as acid oceans,