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Digitizing the Coral Reef

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Published on Jan 22, 2016

Takes part in the competition "Fast Forward Science 2016" (http://www.fastforwardscience.de)

HyperDiver is a novel underwater imaging system developed by Dr. Arjun Chennu and Paul Färber at MPI Bremen. This diver-operable system captures hyperspectral and optical images, along with various other parameters like the light field and pH of the water. The rich data it captures offers new capabilities to survey underwater habitats. Dr. Arjun Chennu and Dr. Joost den Haan developed a survey method using the HyperDiver that can be used to create detailed maps of the biodiversity of coral reefs. The technique combines rapid reef surveys, machine learning and image analysis to allow mapping coral reefs in a faster and fuller way than was possible before. From survey data collected in Papua New Guinea, they demonstrate this new perspective on coral reefs: The Digital Reef. Press release: http://bit.ly/1Pkminm

a film by
Science Communication MPIMM
Naomi Halbach / Manfred Schlösser / Fanni Aspetsberger

under water footage provided by
Arjun Chennu
Sam H. Noonan

animation
Arjun Chennu

voice over
Martin Heckmann

copyright 2016

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