How effective are high-speed surveys when compared to more conventional marine techniques?

University of Queensland researchers have demonstrated that emerging underwater data collection technologies can be as good if not better than conventional methods of marine investigation.

Coral reef scientists from UQ’s Global Change Institute and XL-Catlin Seaview Survey compared their semi-autonomous method for collecting coral reef images with a conventional fixed-frame photographic technique.

UQ PhD candidate Dominic Bryant (SEES & GCI)said comparison between the two techniques revealed there was little difference when it came to determining the condition of coral reefs.

“It shows the growing importance that fully and/or semi-autonomous vehicles will have when it comes to understanding the impacts facing the world’s coral reefs,” Mr Bryant said.