The Advanced Survey Technologies-Benthic Resources (ROV) Group generates a vast amount of data during our surveys of benthic organisms.
These data include video footage, high-resolution still photographs, and high-resolution oceanographic (e.g. temperature, salinity,
dissolved oxygen) and geospatial data (e.g. latitude, longitude, time).
Using Google Earth, we have developed several 'mash-ups' to help visualize our surveys in a virtual, undersea environment.
Explore the links below to view photos and and take 'virtual tours' with the Benthic Resources Group.
In November 2010, scientists from the SWFSC and NOS participated in a 6-day research cruise aboard NOAA's newest
Fisheries Survey Vessel (FSV), the Bell M. Shimada, to document the distribution of deep-water sponges and
corals between San Diego, CA and Seattle, WA.
In April 2010, scientists from the SWFSC, NOS, and several universities participated in a seven-day
research cruise aboard the NOAA Ship PISCES to investigate deep-water rocky reefs and associated
sponges and corals off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina.
During our ROV surveys, we encounter a surprising amount of marine debris, or garbage in the ocean.
Here is a collection of marine debris photos throughout southern California and also in Monterey Bay.