Environmental monitoring and research
The ocean is source to resources such as food, energy, transport routes and recreation - it is also the home to most living species on Earth and form the base of our existence.
There is no question whether it’s worth taking care of the ocean, it’s only a question of how.
We believe caring starts with seeing. Scientists biggest challenge is getting access to the data they need to tell us something about the conditions of the sea.
This is an opportunity for us to contribute as citizen scientists, through sharing our findings and data from our dives, explorational adventures or inspections!
Since we established Blueye we have been collaborating closely with a wide range of environmental researchers and organisations working on mapping collecting data from the sea. In order to help out and provide them a sufficient tool, we needed to understand more about the procedures and methods they apply today - and how Blueye Pioneer can assist them in the best way possible!
We learned that environmental monitoring may be carried out in many different ways, based on the goal for the research project. It may be mapping of marine litter, monitoring of coral reefs or inspections of a particular area to cover potential changes over a period of time.
Together with WWF Norway the Pioneer was used to assist divers to map and collect marine trash in the Oslo fjord (read the story here!).
Under the ice at Svalbard, there's a special type of algaes blooming - not easy to inspect on close hold unless you have an underwater drone at hand! We went there and let a group of scientists and students from NTNU use the Pioneer to carry out their research project last winter! You can read the full story here!
Benefits of using Blueye Pioneer for environmental monitoring:
- The size of the Pioneer makes it easy to get closer to the species or object you want to inspect - even in narrow places
- Allows you to stay in a fixed position or move slowly with full control
- Side-way propellor let you move side-ways while filming in a steady direction
- Light weight and easy to carry with you to remote areas
- Lets you have a spectator or co-pilot
- Mechanical attachement points let you bring add-ons i.e. for water sampling
- Powerful LED lights
- Silent propellors and full control make sure not to disturb the fish or cause any damage
- True-colour camera
- Battery life of 2 hours + replacable battery package
Deep sea king crab and sea anemonePhoto: Hege Røkenes
Blueye exploring soft corals on shipwreck
Chief Software Developer Jonas Follesø with the drone on one of the Bimini beaches
Discovered new coralLegacy's director John Rumney, Charlie Veron (holding the coral) and Dr. Dean Miller showing the coral they've found
Blackbelly rosefishA blackbelly rosefish (helicolenus dactylopterus) standing on it's pectoral fin at 122 m depth.
Blueye Pioneer in ice slushThe Blueye Pioneer about the dive in an ice hole
Deep sea king crabTwo creatures of the deep meet, the Blueye Pioneer and the deep sea king crab (Lithodes maja). Photo: Vidar Skålevik / wedive.no