Marine Conservation, Underwater Research, and Ecology
Our underwater research assistance can be as little as providing high definition underwater footage of target species, recording transects, deploying and photographing quadrats, mapping individual underwater habitats (such as seagrass beds and reef zones), collecting water quality data and samples, all the way through to providing a complete underwater research solution with our qualified marine scientists, ecologists, and GIS experts.
The quick deployment and proven versatility of our ROVs frees researchers to concentrate more on actual research tasks rather than their piloting skills; and using our ROVs allows exploration to depths beyond normal diving capability (typically 300m, however can be as deep as 1000 metres) for prolonged periods.
High Definition Underwater Footage
This video is about exploring the underwater Fiordland's of New Zealand with a Seamor 600m depth rated High Definition ROV. On this particular expedition, underwater vision was captured of some giant Sea Pens, which were only discovered recently by the scientific community at NIWA.
This video is a short extract form an underwater survey conducted at Snapper Rocks, on the border between New South Wales and Queensland, Australia. Environmental conditions on the day were quite poor, with heavy clouds, rain squalls, 1.5m swell and a 2m surge on the reef areas. Footage collected with a Seamor High Definition ROV, originally recorded in 1080p25
This footage was from a species survey of a reef off the Gold Coast in Australia. The aim of the survey was to get an indication of the different species that are present. Visibility during the survey ranged from 1-2 meters with a strong 2-3 metre surge. The footage was captured in 1080i50 format, edited and saved in 720p.
Underwater Mapping and 3D Photogrammetry
With a wide variety of specialised underwater equipment, and staff background in scientific principals, we are also on the cutting edge of scientific research by providing enhanced underwater mapping techniques. Being able to obtain photorealistic underwater 3D models of the environment allows us to provide valuable data for researchers which can be analysed back in the lab by members of the team that were not actually on site. Geo-referencing these 3D models allows us to collect data over time which assists in a wide range of research including coral reef monitoring, effects of climate change, and monitoring pollution.