The Ocean Agency is a not-for-profit founded in 2010. It is dedicated to achieving ocean conservation through technology innovation, creative communication, and global partnerships. Its first major project was the XL Catlin Seaview Survey (also a partnership with The Global Change Institute0, which has become the most comprehensive global survey of coral reefs ever conducted, revolutionizing the speed, efficiency and cost of coral reef monitoring at scale. This is the project behind all the underwater imagery in Google Street View. The Ocean Agency is the only team to have ever travelled around the world to record and reveal a global bleaching event (the imagery taken with their specially developed cameras, has appeared in virtually every major news publication). This work is the subject of Jeff Orlowski (Exposure Labs) latest documentary, Chasing Coral.
The Global Change Institute (GCI) at The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia was established in 2010 as an independent source of game-changing research, ideas and advice for addressing the challenges of global change. GCI advances discovery, develops solutions and advocates responses that meet the challenges presented by climate change, technological innovation and population change. it has partnered with The Ocean Agency on a number of projects including the XL Catlin Seaview Survey which established the world's first global baseline for coral reef health in 22 countries using semi-autonomous technologies and computer learning. UQ is one of the world's premier teaching and research institution. It is consistently ranked in the top 100 in four independent global rankings. With more than 48,000 students and 6,500 staff, UQ's teaching is informed by research, and spans six faculties and eight research institute.
The Wildlife Conservation Society's goal is to conserve the world's largest wild places in 15 priority regions, home to more than 50% of the planet's biodiversity. WCS uses science to discover and understand the natural world. This knowledge helps us engage and inspire decision-makers, communities, and millions of supporters to take action with us to protect the wildlife and wild places we all care about.