Project

Connected Coral

The Ocean Agency / XL Catlin Seaview Survey / Richard Vevers

Incredible documentaries, like Chasing Coral (2017) and Blue Planet (2001, 2017), tell the story of climate change and its impact on aquatic ecosystems. Because not many individuals have the opportunity to visit coral reefs (especially for extended periods of time to witness temperature fluctuations and bleaching events), it is difficult to convey the scale and severity of these changes. We believe that providing a tangible, at-scale experience telling the story of coral reef bleaching and climate change could help individuals empathize with the ocean. Additionally, by thoughtfully crafting the narrative of the experience, guests could leave the experience with actionable solutions and a determined attitude for protecting our planet. Science communication and storytelling is crucial to inspire the next generation of ocean explorers and activists.

Projection mapping is a technique used in themed entertainment to project digital content onto surfaces by mapping the digital information to regions on the physical surface. Typically, projections are displayed on a white or light-colored surface.  Because bleached coral … View full description

Incredible documentaries, like Chasing Coral (2017) and Blue Planet (2001, 2017), tell the story of climate change and its impact on aquatic ecosystems. Because not many individuals have the opportunity to visit coral reefs (especially for extended periods of time to witness temperature fluctuations and bleaching events), it is difficult to convey the scale and severity of these changes. We believe that providing a tangible, at-scale experience telling the story of coral reef bleaching and climate change could help individuals empathize with the ocean. Additionally, by thoughtfully crafting the narrative of the experience, guests could leave the experience with actionable solutions and a determined attitude for protecting our planet. Science communication and storytelling is crucial to inspire the next generation of ocean explorers and activists.

Projection mapping is a technique used in themed entertainment to project digital content onto surfaces by mapping the digital information to regions on the physical surface. Typically, projections are displayed on a white or light-colored surface.  Because bleached coral tends to be white in color, we can build a bleached coral reef set and project onto that surface. The projection can "restore" the coral to vibrant colors and also display data directly onto the coral surface. By calculating the shadows cast from the primary projector, this project's software will dynamically fill areas that need projection by repositioning the second projector appropriately. This will allow us to map and project on complex geometry like coral.