Marine Remote Imaging Platform

The Marine Remote Imagery Platform (MAR-IP), managed by SAIAB, provides access to a variety of underwater imaging equipment that can be used to conduct exploratory and quantitative surveys of benthic, demersal and pelagic marine biota. The equipment includes a SAAB Seaeye Falcon remotely operated vehicle (ROV) capable of working down to 300 m depth and fitted with a 12 megapixel still camera, a high definition video camera and a 5 function manipulator arm for collecting specimen samples. 18 SHALLOW MARINE AND COASTAL RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE 19 Science Engagement Platform where they present their school-based projects, or projects developed from SAEON/ SMCRI data, in front of their peers, teachers, education officials and other guests. Learners who work on SMCRI-related topics are assisted by SMCRI staff in their preparations for the education symposium and ESKOM Science Expo for Young Scientists. Marine Remote Imagery Platform The platform also offers a broad variety of stereo-video camera systems including tethered (HD video cameras; depth rating = 350 m; n = 15) and untethered (HD video cameras; depth rating = 1000 m; n = 2) stereo baited remote underwater video systems (stereo-BRUVs), pelagic stereo- BRUVs (4K video cameras, depth rating = 50 m; n = 6) and a diver operated stereovideo system (4K video cameras; depth rating = 100 m; n = 1). In addition, the platform offers two multi-imaging drop cameras rated to 350 m depth and each fitted with a downwards facing 20mp mirrorless still camera and oblique facing 4K stereo-video cameras, as well as diver operated still camera systems. The platform includes a computer laboratory with all the required software for processing of imagery data, a large network attached storage system for the long-term archiving of all imagery samples and a comprehensive biodiversity data management systems linked into the Specify Software system used for managing biological specimen collections.