San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.2.1 - 25.2.15
Exploratory Investigations in using Remotely Operated Vehicles to Ground Truth Underwater Resources Identified from Remotely Sensed Aerial ImageryAbstractAntigua and Barbuda, like many other developing nations, has historically faced exploitation ofits natural resources in the shadows of national progress. Activities linked to the growth oftourism, urbanization, and agriculture have resulted in reduced biodiversity, land degradation,hydrological changes, and reduced water quality. The need to protect valuable resources withoutstalling national development has led to the implementation of the sustainable island resourcemanagement mechanism (SIRMM) project in the twin-island nation. The SIRMM, a projectbased largely upon remote sensing (RS) and geographical information systems (GIS), seeks todocument the islands’ resources and will allow for integrated ecosystems management in allsubsequent major development. To date, most of the terrestrial resources observed from the RSaerial imagery have been confirmed via extensive surveys. However, those resources occurringbelow the waves have proven much more difficult to quantify. Time-consuming, costly, anddangerous ground-truth efforts, undertaken by local unpaid fishermen, have proven largelyineffective and occur much too infrequently to provide the necessary data coverage. This paperdescribes the use of remotely operated vehicle (ROV) platforms, the VideoRay made availablethrough partnership with University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES. The paper describes theinitial explorative experience shared between UMES and the Environment Division of thegovernment of Antigua and Barbuda in attempting to efficiently and safely build their datarepository. The results of 5 confirmatory missions are included, that proved that the use of suchplatforms can easily increase the rate at which RS aerial data can be confirmed. Also highlightedare benefits of such collaborative research activities between institutions of higher learning in theUnited States with access to technologies that may be beyond the reach (due to limitedtechnological literacy or financial constraints) of agencies in developing countries.
Henry, X. S. D., & Nagchaudhuri, A., & Mitra, M. (2012, June), Exploratory Investigations in using Remotely Operated Vehicles to Ground Truth Underwater Resources Identified from Remotely Sensed Aerial Imagery Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/20758
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