Meet KelpBot:

Integrated Monitoring of Macroalgae Farms Using Acoustics and UUV Sensing

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Ready for 2020 Field Season!

Snoopy and Darter are engineering tested and ready to go with full sensing functionality for the 2020 field season for ARPA-E MARINER!  Exciting new addition from last year: KelpCam, a multi-camera system for capturing the complexities of aquaculture farms.

Summer 2019 Santa Barbara Collaboration

The team traveled with Snoopy (REMUS100) to Santa Barbara Channel in California to work with collaborators at UCSB in surveying giant kelp.  The objective: comparative scientific echosounder and sidescan data, with the hopes of providing some calibration on sidescan.

Spring 2019 Surveys

Bad weather leads to a divide and conquer approach to spring 2019 surveys in collaboration with teams at University of New England (UNE) and University of New Hampshire (UNH).  The JetYak autonomous surface vehicle traveled to UNE with WHOI team members Kevin Manganini and Michelle Fleming for comparative low-cost and scientific echosounder surveys.  Snoopy, a…

WHOI KelpBot Field Test #1

Location: Saco Bay, Maine During the last week of May, our team traveled to Saco Bay, Maine to work alongside macroalgae researchers at the University of New England. We tested one of our REMUS AUV’s equipped with a sophisticated split beam sonar system, environmental sensors and cameras along their sugar kelp line. In addition to…

Dry Run in the WHOI Test Tank

In early April, we ran a set of experiments in the WHOI Coastal Research Lab tank to learn more about what kelp will look like in our split-beam sonar system. Better to have a “dry” run where everything is still, before integrating the sonar with one of the kelpbots, Snoopy! The 200 kHz/333 kHz active…