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Robotic Exploration and Sampling of Deep-Water Corals

Seth Newburg, Michael Sacarny, Michael Defilippo, Chrys Chryssostomidis, Franz Hover

In October, 2013, the MIT Sea Grant College, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Lab used sonar and a small ROV to investigate deep-water, soft, branching coral habitat in the Bump 114 area of the Gulf of Maine. We identified candidate ROV dive sites with side-scan sonar and made video recordings of coral “gardens” during ROV dives. The small ROV proved to be a limited but effective sampling tool, resulting in the recovery of four branching corals and additional samples of the related benthic community.

type: Technical reports

Parent Project

Project No.: 2008-R/RT-2/RCM-23
Title: Autonomous Vehicle Exploration and Sampling of Deep-Water Corals

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