USB 3 uEye CP cameras support climate research

At the bottom of the sea

The oceans play a central role in global climate change on our planet. Marine organisms and the structure of their communities in the water column as well as on or in the seabed provide us with important information on future climatic developments. This is true for fluctuations of a natural manner, but also to fluctuations caused by humans.

One of the leading institutions in the field of marine research in Europe is the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany). The task of the Institute is to study the chemical, physical, biological and geological processes in the ocean and their interaction with the seafloor and the atmosphere.

For this purpose the AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) AEGIR was developed at the institute. The underwater vehicle is equipped with four drives, various navigation sensors - and with our USB 3.0 industrial camera UI-3370CP. It can move wirelessly to depths of up to 200m in the water column to take pictures of the seabed.

For example, underwater seagrass meadows are to be continuously monitored in order to investigate growth rates, species occurrences or changes in mussel populations.