Founding Partners

XL Catlin

Founding Partner, Title Sponsor

XL Catlin is the global brand used by XL Group plc’s (NYSE:XL) insurance and reinsurance companies which provide property, casualty, professional and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world. Clients look to XL Catlin for answers to their most complex risks and to help move their world forward. XL Catlin believes that insurers must take a leading role in improving our understanding of potential changes to our environment. These changes could affect how insurance risks are managed in the future. XL Catlin's contribution is to sponsor independent, impartial research that is freely distributed to the world's scientific community. This scientific data can be used to make reliable conclusions about the impact of climate and other environmental changes on coral reefs and the rest of our planet.


Communication and Technology Partner

At its core the Catlin Seaview Survey is about combining ocean science with communications, an aim of the project is that all of the world should have a chance to see our coral reefs. To achieve this sort of mass-reach we have partnered with the largest mass-communication company in the world, Google. Through the Google partnership we have a platform that can showcase the Catlin Seaview Survey to the world, people can complete a Virtual Dive in Google Maps, view a photosphere on G+, view video content on YouTube or even talk with a diver underwater on a G+ Hangout.

Global Change Institute

Founding & Lead Science Partner

The University of Queensland established the Global Change Institute (GCI) to provide a vehicle for collaborative research, learning, engagement and advocacy on major global change issues. GCI is led by world-renowned researcher and Chief Scientist of the survey, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg. Professor Hoegh-Guldberg and his team of marine biologists identify the survey sites that are to be visited and then assist in carrying out all survey work ensuring that specific scientific methodologies are followed at all times.

Underwater Earth

Project Originators and Directors

Underwater Earth are a not-for-profit agency focused on the communication of ocean issues, put simply they are about the promotion of the ocean. The team are all passionate ocean enthusiasts, the majority of whom left the world of advertising to found this organisation and drive their most ambitious project - the Catlin Seaview Survey.


Fourth Element

Dive Equipment Partner

The Catlin Seaview Survey Team wear Fourth Element's thermal protection when on survey. Fourth Element technical dive gear is designed around the principals of performance, innovation and function, we are proud to be able to test this equipment as we survey the coral reefs of the world.

Lady Elliot Island

Preferred location partner

Lady Elliot Island is the preferred location partner of the Catlin Seaview Survey due to its prime location on the Great Barrier Reef, as well as for the world class diving and snorkelling conditions found right on the island's doorstep.

Mission Blue

Ocean Ambassadors is an ocean community hub that was set up to support the vision of Dr. Sylvia Earle, "to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas; Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet". We are proud to work toward the same goal with the support of Mission-Blue.


Science Partner

The World Resources Institute (WRI) focuses on the intersection of the environment and socio-economic development. They go beyond research to put ideas into action, working globally with governments, business, and civil society to build transformative solutions that protect the earth and improve people’s lives. The WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.


Science Partner

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization. Conserving biodiversity is central to the mission of IUCN. They demonstrate how biodiversity is fundamental to addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges such as climate change, sustainable development and food security.


Science Partner

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an agency that enriches life through science. From the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor, they work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it. Their Coral Reef Watch Program's satellite data provide current reef environmental conditions to quickly identify areas at risk for coral bleaching.


Science Partner

A department of UC San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for ocean, earth and atmospheric science research, education, and public service in the world. The Scripps mission is to seek, teach, and communicate scientific understanding of the oceans, atmosphere, Earth, and other planets for the benefit of society and the environment.

Living Oceans Foundation

Science Partner

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is a US based non-profit Foundation whose mission is to provide science based solutions to protect and restore ocean health.  They are conducting one of the worlds’ largest coral reef survey and high resolution mapping expedition which will last five years and circumnavigate the earth before it is complete. The Foundation is committed to communicating science clearly and conducts many education workshops and public outreach events. In addition, the Foundation works with local scientists, governments and stakeholders to help them make informed decisions about sustainable ocean protection.