A picture is worth considerably more than a thousand words to marine scientists working on the Catlin Seaview Survey, as they study more than 500,000 images in research to improve coral reef health. Researchers from The Univ. of Queensland are analyzing 360-degree underwater images to perform a global marine environment health check. Automated image recognition software is being used to classify habitats, to analyze coral reef coverage and to study the three-dimensional structure of coral reefs. “Through GCI’s strong partnerships with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and the University of Sydney, we are analyzing the images in record time,” Gonzalez-Rivero said.