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Monitoring of benthic reference sites


Williams, SB and Pizarro, OR and Jakuba, MV and Johnson, CR and Barrett, NS and Babcock, RC and Kendrick, GA and Steinberg, PD and Heyward, AJ and Doherty, PJ and Mahon, I and Johnson-Roberson, M and Steinburg, D and Friedman, A, Monitoring of benthic reference sites, IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, 19, (1) pp. 73-84. ISSN 1070-9932 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1109/MRA.2011.2181772


We have established an Australia-wide observation program that exhibits recent developments in autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) systems to deliver precisely navigated time series benthic imagery at selected reference stations on Australia’s continental shelf. These observations are designed to help characterize changes in benthic assemblage composition and cover derived from precisely registered maps collected at regular intervals. This information will provide researchers with the baseline ecological data necessary to make quantitative inferences about the long-term effects of climate change and human activities on the benthos. Incorporating a suite of observations that capitalize on the unique capabilities of AUVs into Australia’s integrated marine observation system (IMOS) [1] is providing a critical link between oceanographic and benthic processes. IMOS is a nationally coordinated program designed to establish and maintain the research infrastructure required to support Australia’s marine science research. It has, and will maintain, a strategic focus on the impact of major boundary currents on continental shelf environments, ecosystems, and biodiversity. The IMOS AUV facility observation program is designed to generate physical and biological observations of benthic variables that cannot be cost effectively obtained by other means.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:autonomous underwater vehicle, AUV, remotely operated vehicle, benthic imagery, climate change, human activities, integrated marine observation system, IMOS, robotics, oceanography
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Johnson, CR (Professor Craig Johnson)
UTAS Author:Barrett, NS (Associate Professor Neville Barrett)
ID Code:78540
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:120
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2012-07-05
Last Modified:2013-05-06
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