Rumors are flying that Google is about to add on to their popular “Google Earth” and “Google Sky” mapping systems with “Google Ocean”. Invitations have been sent for an event to be held at the California Academy of Sciences on Monday, February 2nd. The setting makes sense as the institution contains a planetarium, aquarium, a natural history museum, and a miniature rainforest. People scheduled to speak include Al Gore, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, Marissa Mayer, vice president of search products and user experience, and most importantly, Sylvia Earle, explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society and the founder of the Deep Search Foundation.
So what is Google Ocean? According to one source,
“The tool–for now called Google Ocean, the sources say, though that name could change–is expected to be similar to other 3D online mapping applications. People will be able to see the underwater topography, called bathymetry; search for particular spots or attractions; and navigate through the digital environment by zooming and panning.”
We’re not exactly sure what the eco-angle might be here — but no doubt this app will lend itself to further exploration of the world’s underwater territories and possibly be useful in appealing for their protection. Perhaps it will also show sea levels — or areas of concentrated ocean garbage?