Dec 3, 2015 – MBARI’s new Deep-Sea Guide makes it easy for anyone to search MBARI’s treasure trove of images and scientific observations of deep-sea animals, seafloor habitats, geological features, and research tools. Previously only available for internal use, the Deep-Sea Guide is now available to scientists and the general public.
An overview of a system for processing video streams from underwater cabled
observatory systems based on the Automated Visual Event Detection (AVED) software. This system identifies potentially interesting visual events using a neuromorphic vision
algorithm and tracks events frame-by-frame. The events can later be previewed or edited in a graphical user interface for false detections, and subsequently imported into a database, or used in an object classification system.
We have developed an automated system for detecting marine organisms visible in the videos. Video frames are processed with a neuromorphic selective attention algorithm. The candidate objects of interest are tracked across video frames using linear Kalman filters. If objects can be tracked successfully over several frames, they are labeled as potentially “interesting” and marked in the video frames.
An MBARI based team led by Charlie Paull and Brian Kieft created a “smart boulder”- a motion-sensing instrument that can be placed within the sediment or on the canyon floor. This device, called a benthic event detector (BED), can record its motion as it moves down-canyon, providing detailed data on when an even occurred, how far and fast it moved, and the nature of its motion.
The 2014 Technology Roadmap complements the Strategic Plan, focusing on opportunities for MBARI to contribute fundamental technological advances that will enable innovative research efforts locally and globally. The institute’s technology priorities are:
- Taking the laboratory into the ocean
- Enabling targeted sampling
- Advancing a persistent presence
Feb 4, 2015 – In early January 2015, a team of MBARI engineers, led by Andy Hamilton, set out to sea to recover an experimental buoy that creates electrical energy from ocean waves. This power buoy had been deployed six miles southwest of Moss Landing Harbor for 131 days, while engineers tested the system’s ability to handle storms.
MBARI’s goal of establishing an extended ocean presence dates to its founding with the investment in ships, ROVs, and the OASIS moorings. Over the years, the number and diversity of robotic systems developed at MBARI have increased, and now includes AUVs, the Benthic Rover, the mini ROV, the FOCE systems, in situ respirometers, benthic camera systems, the deep-ocean Raman in situ spectrometer, the ESP, and the Monterey Accelerated Research System cabled observatory.