The misconception that this process already exists is one of the biggest obstacles in the continuing development of this technology. This obstacle is created by an acceptance of highly realistic renditions and animated presentations by graphic artists. The effort of sharing our oceans’ mysteries with the public at large for purposes of education and entertainment has resulted in a false impression of the state of underwater image technology. The fact is that the technology for viewing authentic images of the sites we explore remains underdeveloped and is not readily available. To date, photographic mosaics have only offered two-dimensional views.Currently seeing the underwater world in large swaths is done using sound or sonar, human vision uses light as the stimulus input. Sound technology has its limits especially for humans that interact with the rest of the world in the visible three-dimensional light wave spectrum. We can only see the physical underwater world in slices, never as one complete picture. Lost 52 Project is contributing the development of technology that allows us to view an entire WWII submarine wreck site, thermal vent, or great barrier reef ecosystem in its entirety, allowing everyone from student to researcher to explore and study at will.
This unique solution allows use to collect imagery and assemble into a master viewable experience that allows zooming in and out, exploring and researching across multiple disciplines, measuring archeological sites and new biological species with the highest degree of accuracy. This allows us to cataloging coral health and biomass and monitoring fishing trawl damage. It can also allow users to characterize and monitor marine protected areas (MPA) enriching and helping conserve them.