A shallow water AUV for benthic and water column observations

Marouchos, Andreas, Muir, Brett, Babcock, Russ, & Dunbabin, Matthew (2015) A shallow water AUV for benthic and water column observations. In OCEANS 2015 - Genova, IEEE, Genoa, pp. 1-7.

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Abstract

Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) are becoming commonplace in the study of inshore coastal marine habitats. Combined with shipboard systems, scientists are able to make in-situ measurements of water column and benthic properties. In CSIRO, autonomous gliders are used to collect water column data, while surface vessels are used to collect bathymetry information through the use of swath mapping, bottom grabs, and towed video systems. Although these methods have provided good data coverage for coastal and deep waters beyond 50m, there has been an increasing need for autonomous in-situ sampling in waters less than 50m deep. In addition, the collection of benthic and water column data has been conducted separately, requiring extensive post-processing to combine data streams. As such, a new AUV was developed for in-situ observations of both benthic habitat and water column properties in shallow waters. This paper provides an overview of the Starbug X AUV system, its operational characteristics including vision-based navigation and oceanographic sensor integration.

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ID Code: 94411
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Marine observation, vision-based navigation
DOI: 10.1109/OCEANS-Genova.2015.7271362
ISBN: 9781479987368
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Adaptive Agents and Intelligent Robotics (080101)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision
Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Crown
Deposited On: 05 Apr 2016 04:56
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2016 05:03

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