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Quantification of spatial and thematic uncertainty in the application of underwater video for benthic habitat mapping


Rattray, A and Ierodiaconou, D and Monk, J and Laurenson, LJB and Kennedy, P, Quantification of spatial and thematic uncertainty in the application of underwater video for benthic habitat mapping, Marine Geodesy, 37, (3) pp. 315-336. ISSN 0149-0419 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/01490419.2013.877105


This study presents an analysis of the application of underwater video data collected for training and validating benthic habitat distribution models. Specifically, we quantify the two major sources of error pertaining to collection of this type of reference data. A theoretical spatial error budget is developed for a positioning system used to co-register video frames to their corresponding locations at the seafloor. Second, we compare interpretation variability among trained operators assessing the same video frames between times over three hierarchical levels of a benthic classification scheme. Propagated error in the positioning system described was found to be highly correlated with depth of operation and varies from 1.5m near the surface to 5.7m in 100m of water. In order of decreasing classification hierarchy, mean overall observer agreement was found to be 98% (range 6%), 82% (range 12%) and 75% (range 17%) for the 2, 4, and 6 class levels of the scheme, respectively. Patterns in between-observer variation are related to the level of detail imposed by each hierarchical level of the classification scheme, the feature of interest, and to the amount of observer experience.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:spatial and thematic error, GPS location, towed video
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Monk, J (Dr Jacquomo Monk)
ID Code:99554
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2015-03-27
Last Modified:2017-11-04

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