American Samoa, NOAA Team To Complete ‘Visual Mapping’

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Marine and land sanctuaries to have ‘virtual dive, site’ experience

By B. Chen

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (The Samoa News, July 31, 2014) – Two teams will be in American Samoa from September 1-15 to complete cutting edge visual mapping of the ocean and land view of sanctuary sites for American Samoa. According to NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, "This trip will be a milestone accomplishment in providing virtual dive and site experience of Fagatele, Fagalua/Fogama'a, Aunu'u, Ta'u, Muliava (Rose Atoll), and Swains Island." The two teams — one led by Kalewa Correa of the Papahanaumokukea National Marine Monument here to complete Google Street View — while the second team, Catlin Seaview Survey, will be in the territory to complete cutting edge visual mapping of the ocean and land view of the sanctuary sites in American Samoa. According to NMSAS superintendent Gene Brighouse, Catlin Seaview will use an SVI camera system which has done for the underwater world what Google Street View has done on land. Kalewa completed work for the three sites on Tutuila in May and will be returning with the Catlin Seaview team to complete the project for Swains Island, Ta'u, and Muliava (Rose Atoll). "The launching of these virtual products will be made available in the next coming months and will allow anyone to navigate street and ocean areas of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa," said Brighouse.

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