Autonomous vehicle mapped the seabed (and found underwater oasis)

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A team of scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) e da National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in the United States, has used a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to map the ocean floor in California.

According to Interesting Engineering, just 30 kilometers west of Point Sur, on the central California coast, the team of researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) e da National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have discovered a underwater oasis, full of corals and sponges.

Call On Ridge, this area, which has been under investigation for 20 years, is 500 meters high and extends for 20 kilometers in length.

In an effort to share the beauty of this underwater paradise with the public, scientists in the GOOD worked with designers at Frame 48, a post-production company based in Los Angeles, to transform the data they collected into an animation.

“Our goal was to distill these two decades of work into a two-minute animation that captures the majesty of this underwater world that so few people can see ”, said Davie Caress, chief engineer at MBARI, who helped oversee the project, in a statement. “It’s the second best thing to visit Sur Ridge in person.”

However, compiling these images it was not an easy task. “As MBARI has a large collection of data sets, each with a different resolution and coverage area, we had to create a few different methods to visualize and combine the data correctly in a computer-generated environment,” he said. Tom Teller, executive producer who led the team at Frame 48.

“The final animation very much reflects the combination of art and science to showcase the incredible geology, biology and ecology of On Ridge”Concluded Teller.

These maps of On Ridge they are essential to help scientists better understand geological processes, such as underwater landslides, and to monitor the health of the oceans, including the impacts of climate change on marine animals living in that area.

Maria Campos, ZAP //