Dr Tim Scott
“As part of the project, the application of deep learning algorithms for the acoustic detection and characterisation of seagrass beds has introduced improved accuracy and efficiency over more traditional techniques.
"When combined with the advantages of lightweight autonomous survey platforms, this new combined survey solution introduces a step-change in accurate and repeatable seagrass mapping.”
“To effectively conserve and restore seagrass meadows we need innovative solutions to enable cost effective, repeatable surveys of established meadows, plus areas being restored through projects such as ReMEDIES, to monitor change. I’m really excited to see where this new technology will take us in supporting our seagrass conservation efforts.”
“Staying true to our values of ocean and environmental stewardship, the work being carried out within this collaborative project will directly translate into impact addressing UN Sustainable Development Goal 14, ‘Life below water’. The ability to provide blended, non-invasive solutions that rapidly acquire, process and visualise the coverage and density of seagrass meadows is central to improving our understanding of these vital ecosystems and delivering regular and repeatable resurveys in-stride with the needs of coastal practitioners.”
“The VA500 altimeter was developed to deliver reliable underwater range measurements in a compact, robust package. Working with University of Plymouth and HydroSurv, custom firmware was developed to deliver low noise, high quality, correlated acoustic profiles to enable deeper analysis, exploration, mapping and classification of the acoustic information gathered by the VA500.”
Read more about our work on seagrass
- South West innovators collaborate to develop enhanced solutions for seagrass monitoring 28 July 2022
- Experiments aid in the restoration of seagrass in Plymouth Sound 12 May 2022
- Blue Carbon Artist in Residence aims to strengthen links between city and sea 7 December 2021
- Developing autonomous technology to assess condition of seagrass beds 28 July 2021
- Research reveals full extent of seagrass beds in Looe Bay 7 December 2020
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