SeeStar Imaging System

Image of SeeStar with parts labeled

Scientists and engineers at MBARI have collaborated to develop SeeStar, a modular, light weight, self-contained, low-cost subsea imaging system for short to long-term monitoring of marine ecosystems. SeeStar is composed of separate camera, battery, and LED lighting modules. Two versions of the system exist: one rated to 300 meters depth, the other rated to 1500 meters. Users can download plans and instructions from an online repository and build the system using low-cost off-the-shelf components. The system utilizes an easily programmable Arduino based controller, and the widely distributed GoPro camera. The system can be deployed in a variety of scenarios taking still images and video and can be operated either autonomously or tethered on a range of platforms, including ROVs, AUVs, landers, piers, and moorings. Several Seestar systems have been built and used for scientific studies and engineering tests. The long-term goal of this project is to have a widely distributed marine imaging network across thousands of locations, to develop baselines of biological information.

Instructions, plans, software, and user manuals can be downloaded on a bitbucket repository:

https://bitbucket.org/mbari/seestar

Team

Technology

Solving challenges
Taking the laboratory into the ocean
Environmental Sample Processor (ESP)
In Situ Ultraviolet Spectrophotometer
Midwater Respirometer System
Mobile flow cytometer
Enabling targeted sampling
Automated Video Event Detection
Environmental Sample Processor (ESP)
Gulper autonomous underwater vehicle
Mobile flow cytometer
Wave Glider-based communications hotspot
Advancing a persistent presence
Aerostat hotspot
Benthic event detectors
Benthic rover
Fault Prognostication
Long-range autonomous underwater vehicle Tethys
MARS hydrophone for passive acoustic monitoring
Monterey Ocean-Bottom Broadband Seismometer
Shark Café camera
Vehicle Persistence
Wave Glider-based communications hotspot
Emerging and current tools
Communications
Aerostat hotspot
Wave Glider-based communications hotspot
Data management
Oceanographic Decision Support System
Spatial Temporal Oceanographic Query System (STOQS) Data
Video Annotation and Reference System
Instruments
Apex profiling floats
Benthic event detectors
Deep particle image velocimetry
Environmental Sample Processor (ESP)
Persistent presence—2G ESP
How does the 2G ESP work?
Arrays on the 2G ESP
Printing probe arrays
Expeditions and deployments
In Situ Ultraviolet Spectrophotometer
Investigations of imaging for midwater autonomous platforms
Lagrangian sediment traps
Midwater Respirometer System
Mobile flow cytometer
SeeStar Imaging System
Shark Café camera
Smart underwater connector
Power
Wave-Power Buoy
Vehicle technology
Benthic Rover
Gulper autonomous underwater vehicle
Imaging autonomous underwater vehicle
Seafloor mapping AUV
Long-range autonomous underwater vehicle Tethys
Mini remotely operated vehicle
ROV Doc Ricketts
ROV Ventana
Video
Automated Video Event Detection
Deep learning
Video Annotation and Reference System
Technology publications
Technology transfer