AUV-assisted surveying of relic reef sites

Williams, Stefan B., Pizarro, Oscar, Johnson-Roberson, Matthew, Mahon, Ian, Webster, Jody, Beaman, Robin, and Bridge, Tom (2009) AUV-assisted surveying of relic reef sites. In: Proceedings of the Oceans 2008 MTS/IEEE Conference. pp. 1-7. From: Oceans 2008 MTS/IEEE Conference, 15-18 September 2008, Quebec City, Canada.

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This paper describes the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Sirius and presents its participation in a scientific expedition to survey drowned reefs along the shelf edge of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) in Queensland, Australia. The primary function of the AUV was to provide geo-referenced, high-resolution optical imagery to facilitate validation of seabed habitat characterisation based on acoustic data. We describe the AUV capabilities and its operation in the context of the cruise objectives to document these relic reef sites. The data processing pipeline involved in generating SLAM-based navigation and large scale 3D visualizations of survey data is briefly described. We also present preliminary results illustrating the type of data products possible with our system and how these complement data gathered by other ship-borne instruments on the cruise.

Item ID: 9218
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISSN: 978-1-4244-2619-5
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Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2010 04:37
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0403 Geology > 040305 Marine Geoscience @ 50%
10 TECHNOLOGY > 1099 Other Technology > 109999 Technology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 100%
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