DocuScooter: A Novel Robotics Platform for Marine Citizen Science.
- David Scaradozzi (Università Politecnica delle Marche, UMR) | Silvia Zingaretti (Università Politecnica delle Marche) | Luca Panebianco (Università Politecnica delle Marche) | Corentin Altepe (Università Politecnica delle Marche, Bogazici Underwater Research Center) | S. Murat Egi (Galatasaray University) | Marco Palma (UBICA srl) | Ubaldo Pantaleo (UBICA srl) | Davide Ferraris (UBICA srl) | Fiorenza Micheli (Stanford University)
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- International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers
- The 27th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference, 25-30 June, San Francisco, California, USA
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- Document Type
- Conference Paper
- 2017. International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers
- marine documentation, 3D reconstruction, Citizen science
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Conservation and monitoring of marine systems and large-scale underwater data acquisition are too demanding for single researchers. The exploitation of citizen science and the development of new technology can significantly facilitate these actions. In this work a novel system that allows scuba divers to collect data during their leisure activity is presented. It consists of a modular robotics system connected with a variable number of heterogeneous payloads, directly manageable through a tablet, to equip an underwater scooter. After the mission, the user can upload the data on an appropriate web server and launch a 3D reconstruction process, providing ad-hoc outputs for different applications.
Marine and coastal environments are extremely complex systems, characterised by strong links between their physical and chemical processes and biological population. The scientific interest in biodiversity losses and global change of the environment has increased dramatically in recent decades. The preservation of the underwater habitats provides benefits to the whole society and it constitutes a basic need for the mankind. It is therefore essential to monitor factors and indicators in order to evaluate the effectiveness of protected area establishment and management, and to put in place adaptive measures to address emerging challenges such as climate change (Hodgson, 1999). A consistent part of the work carried out by the scientific community consists in the acquisition of robust and measurable data. The resulting analysis and the identification and quantification of threats could then reveal the necessity of taking effective measures and improve the monitoring and management system of a particular area. But tracking, understanding and enhancing biodiversity losses, and more in general the monitoring of the underwater environment, require repeated and widespread surveys, which have traditionally been done by research groups of professional divers (Hochachka, 2012; Danielsen, 2005). The number of sites surveyed by researchers is very tiny in comparison to the several thousands that should ideally be surveyed annually such that good and fully interpretations could be made (Hodgson, 1999).
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