Incorporation of a Compact Digital Holographic Plankton Camera into Gliders and Drifters

In this project, the researchers are developing a compact, low-power, holographic imaging system that can be used on gliders and drifters and designing software/hardware solutions for on-board image processing and automatic identification of plankton from holograms. This research will allow autonomous collection of high-resolution spatio-temporal data on plankton size and taxonomic compositionñña fundamental need in the study of aquatic ecosystems. This type of sampling will help solve the problem of sparse taxonomic data in biological oceanography.