The Republic of Palau is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. The country contains approximately 340 islands. Palau is recognized by divers-in-the-know as being among the best in the world. The mission of this expedition was to film a short 360/VR film. Too few people have the opportunity to explore marine environments such as coral reefs, which are declining worldwide. Our 360/VR film is therefore designed to take the viewer on an immersive, underwater journey through coral reefs, to generate awareness and empowerment to protect these beautiful and threatened places.
The Hydrous’s 2017 expedition targeted the Maldives as an ecosystem on the front lines of coral reef degradation. During the expedition The Hydrous team trained in Reef Check methods for gathering data on coral reef health, as well as using 3D photogrammetry capture to gather over 50 coral models. These models will be made available to researchers, students, and the general public to support a better understanding of the way individual coral structures are being impacted.
The Republic of Maldives is a tropical island nation in the Indian Ocean made up of over 1,000 coral islands. With 80% of it’s land less than 1 meter (3 feet) above sea level, this country is on the front lines of climate change and is expected to lose most of it’s land area by the end of the century. This was a 7-day expedition that consisted of a series of lectures, workshops, and field activities held by international researchers with experience working in tropical marine environments. Expedition members learned from scientists and locals about the threats to coral ecosystems, learned techniques for 3D modeling of coral reefs, improved their underwater photography skills, learned about traditional and innovative methods of surveying reef health, and explored the local culture and beauty of the Maldives.