F003:
I am ready for my close-up! Using state-of-the-art imagery to study marine wildlife and their habitats.


Session ID#: 27907

Session Description:
From deployment on innovative platforms such as autonomous vehicles to the utilization of automation for analysis of optical data – the state of the art in using images to assess marine ecosystems has progressed rapidly in the last few years. Unmanned aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) are being used to deploy cameras to assess fish, corals, marine mammals, and seabirds as well to map benthic and ice habitats. Acquisition of images from innovative platforms is allowing many populations in less accessible areas to be observed – yet remain undisturbed. We will take a close-up look at some of these successes. However, as more and more imagery is collected, the analysis of the images continues to be an overwhelming task. Tools are needed to automate the process of analyzing the ever-growing catalog of images.

There have been many recent advances in automation of image and video analysis. We also will examine how these recent these advances can be applied to analysis of images collected in marine systems. We will highlight how automation will make assessment of marine populations and habitats from imagery more routine and productive.

Primary Chair:  M. Elizabeth Clarke, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA, United States
Co-chairs:  Abigail Powell, Lynker Technologies - Under Contract to the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA, United States, Benjamin Richards, NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Honolulu, HI, United States and Erica Fruh, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Newport, OR, United States
Index Terms:

4815 Ecosystems, structure, dynamics, and modeling [OCEANOGRAPHY: BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL]
4858 Population dynamics and ecology [OCEANOGRAPHY: BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL]
4894 Instruments, sensors, and techniques [OCEANOGRAPHY: BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL]
Cross-Topics:
  • B - Biodiversity
  • IS - Ocean Observatories, Instrumentation and Sensing Technologies
  • OD - Ocean Data Management

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Erin Moreland1, Benjamin X Hou2, Paul B Conn2, Eric V Regehr3, Erin L Richmond2, Cynthia L Christman2, Michael F Cameron2 and Peter L Boveng2, (1)NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center, WA, United States, (2)NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA, United States, (3)Applied Physics Laboratory University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States
Danielle Ferraro1, Arthur C Trembanis1, Douglas Miller1 and David Rudders2, (1)University of Delaware, School of Marine Science and Policy, Newark, DE, United States, (2)Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA, United States
Matthew David Dawkins1,2, Linus Sherrill3, Jon Crall3, Anthony Hoogs2, David Zhang4, Benjamin Richards5, Lakshman Prasad6 and Kresimir Williams7, (1)Saratoga Springs, NY, United States, (2)Kitware, Clifton Park, NY, United States, (3)Kitware, NY, United States, (4)SRI, Princeton, NJ, United States, (5)NOAA, Honolulu, HI, United States, (6)LANL, NM, United States, (7)NOAA, Seattle, WA, United States
Fanny Girard, Rafaelina Cruz, Tyler Harpster and Charles Raymond Fisher, Pennsylvania State University Main Campus, Biology, University Park, PA, United States
Johann Sebastian Becker1, Stacie Robinson2, Mark Sullivan2, Brenda Becker2 and Charles Littnan2, (1)University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI, United States, (2)NOAA Honolulu, Honolulu, HI, United States
Danielle Lipski1, Dan Howard1, Kaitlin Graiff1, Michael Carver1, Gary C. Williams2 and Guy R Cochrane3, (1)Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Point Reyes Station, CA, United States, (2)California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA, United States, (3)USGS, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
M. Elizabeth Clarke, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA, United States, Abigail Powell, Lynker Technologies - Under Contract to the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA, United States, Erica Fruh, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Newport, OR, United States, Curt Whitmire, NOAA, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Monterey, CA, United States and Jeffrey Anderson, Nature Imagery, OR, United States
Katie Sweeney, Lowell Fritz, Ben Hou and Thomas Gelatt, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA, United States
Ruhul Amin1, Audrey Rollo2, Dianna Miller3, Jeremy Taylor3, Benjamin Richards4 and Christopher Demarke2, (1)NOAA/SciOps, Honolulu, HI, United States, (2)Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, HI, United States, (3)Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, Honolulu, HI, United States, (4)NOAA, Honolulu, HI, United States
Dianna Miller, Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, Honolulu, HI, United States

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