Dates: April 27-April 30, 2015
Divers: Nathan Hannah-Holloway
Lead Organization: Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Collaborators: Waitt Institute
In late April, 2015, a student team from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Masters of Advanced Studies program and members of the scientific team from the Waitt Institute visited Montserrat to assess the condition of the coral reef and associated habitats around the island. The team conducted photomosaic surveys of the benthic assemblages of the island, using both the standard dual-SLR camera system and a novel GoPro system developed at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
The goal was to collect comparative data sets form the two technologies to develop a more economically viable version of the large-scale imagery technology. Furthermore, using the GoPro imaging technique, participants partnered with collaborators at University of Miami to alter the photomosaic stitching software to create a pared down version, that could be more easily shared.