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STEM Kauai 2016

Kauai 2016, May 25 Our missing this year will be to teach our kids how to hack drone technology and then film and edit videos. We will be playing with Go Pros, DJI Phantom, and hopefully an OpenROV water craft. Next year we will be teaching the kids how to implement deep learning from mobile craft.

Ulithi Atoll

May 22 One People One Reef is about working with outer island communities to bring traditions and modern science together in a revolutionary approach to sustainable ocean management.

ROVing the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, Quintana Roo

Quintana Roo, May 18 to May 28 Here in Quintana Roo, Mexico, communities are working to save sharks, sustain fish, and transform dying coral reefs back to colorful, thriving ecosystems. Non-profits, universities, and private individuals will share an Open ROV to explore the incredibly biodiverse aquatic life as we build towards COP13 - Thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Cancun, Mexico, 4 - 17 December 2016.

Oakland High ESA 2.6 at Fox Landing Catalina Island

Catalina Island Marine Institute, Fox Landing, Catalina Island CA, May 15 These Oakland High Environmental Science Academy students have planned some dives to look at underwater life at night and during the day, and to see how different species react to the ROV. They will take the ROV 2.6 to Catalina April 20-22, 2016.

Troop 22 discovery mission

May 13 Troop 22 is a Boy Scouts of America troop based in Bloomfield, NJ USA. On July 1st 2016, we will embark on a weeklong adventure to the Bahamas and the surrounding area to experience living on a sailboat for a week. We hope to learn and experience as much as we can during this once in a lifetime trip. We hope that using an ROV on this trip and on many too come, we will be able to teach our scouts as much as we can. We all are looking forward for our trip and the adventures that will come along with an OpenROV.

Open-ROV comes to Italy

May 9 The first italian Open-ROV expedition took place in Siniscola (Sardinia) where a couple of passionate students lead by two even more passionate teachers, after a few months of assembly work, brought the baby to the local port called "La Caletta", close to the high school "Istituto Pira" where they pretend to study.

MAS Explorer

May 5 We are the Maritime Archaeological Society (MAS) and we search for and document shipwrecks. We just received a grant from the Clatsop County Cultural Coalition for the funds to purchase an OpenROV. Clastsop Community College and Warrenton High School ROV team helped put together the ROV and we're busy making it ready for sea.

The ancient east city moat in Guangzhou, China

广州东濠涌, May 1 The ancient city moat in Guangzhou was greatly polluted in the last several decades. In recent years, the city gov managed to refresh the moat and it is said that the moat became clean again. We used our ROV to see how it goes

Exploring Patagonia with OpenROV

Apr 25 We took an OpenROV all around Patagonia to explore beneath the surface of glacier-fed lakes, crater lagoons and straits of nautical lore. Biggest takeaway? Robots don't mind the cold.

Chicago's Bodies of Water Documentary

41.8781° N, 87.6298° W, Apr 7 to May 4 Mission: As a group of 9 high school teens, create a documentary that examines the environmental and social importance of Chicago’s bodies of water (namely the Chicago River and Lake Michigan), driven by the scientific data found by using the OpenROV technology

Protecting Indigenous Miskito ecological knowledge and forests in Kahkabila, Nicaragua

Kahkabila, Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region, Nicaragua, Apr 4 The Miskito people of Nicaragua, and the integrity of their culture, are in a precarious situation. Their language, heritage, and ecological traditions are in danger of erasure due to a complex series of shocks to their livelihoods and environment. At the center of these shocks is rampant illegal deforestation, economic and sociological marginalization incurred by mestizo migrants who have illegally settled and deforested indigenous land since 1995. Mestizo have composed the majority of Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast population since 1950—a region that was, until then, mainly indigenous. As a result, Spanish has replaced the Miskito language in village classrooms, ultimately lessening student’s exposure to their traditional language. The transmission of traditional knowledge embedded within the language—rife with ethnological relationships between people, plants, and animals—will likely cease on this current trajectory. Concurrently, the advancing wave of migrants continually deforests and settles on legally-owned Miskito land, which is integral both for the indigenous people’s subsistence and cultural activities. There is critical need for protecting Miskito livelihoods, culture, and language. This project will 1) install new sound-detection technology to allow indigenous people to detect migrants invading their territory and better respond, thereby preventing further forest loss; 2) begin the restoration of traditional rainforests through a communal reforestation project, and 3) foster the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge and language by compiling a collection of Miskito folklore and ethnobotanical specimens, and distributing these resources throughout the community. The work will occur in the Miskito village of Kahkabila in the Pearl Lagoon Basin along the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua.

Predator-prey personalities and their interactions

Mossel Bay, Apr 1 Numerous species have been observed to show consistent inter-individual behavioural variability, also known as personality. Such phenomenon strongly limits behavioural plasticity, hence posing a serious constraint on the ability of animals to survive ecological and environmental changes in their habitats, especially the sudden ones caused by human activities. Although the evolutionary and ecological importance of personality is widely recognized, its effects on species and population fitness are still seldom integrated into broad ecological studies. The difficulty of finding appropriate methods to observe animals in their habitats and obtain authentic behavioural measures prevents researchers from targeting complex ecological questions such as the role that personality has in contexts such predator-prey cycles. Such difficulty becomes even greater in marine ecosystems, as most behavioural interactions occur underwater. Recording behavioural data only above the surface limits our ability to produce a complete profile of interacting species, and our understanding of their ultimate performance. An underwater drone would be an incredibly valuable tool to (1) characterize white shark personality and feeding ecology by observing behavioural responses towards common stimuli such as a bait (tuna head), and novel stimuli such as boards representing potential predators (real size large conspecifics and orcas); (2) quantify exposure to predation risk of one of the preferred prey of white sharks, the cape fur seal, when individuals leave Seal island to reach feeding grounds; (3) deploy, relocate and retrieve acoustic receivers in strategic positions around Seal Island, to collect movement data on both species and investigate how personality influences interspecific interactions.

OpenROV deployed into Bonne Terre Mine

Bonne Terre Missouri, Apr 1 to Apr 4 Following in the footsteps of Jacques Cousteau, taking a dual camera custom OpenROV 2.8 into the Bonne Terre Mine. We will be monitoring the dives on two laptops and recording both cameras. The visibility in this mine is 100+ feet, and it is the ideal location for an openrov deployment.

The Search for Sgt. Eastwood

Lae, PNG, Mar 31 to Apr 19 Hi, I'm Roy. In 2012 I was part of a motley crew who set out to explore the waters of Papua New Guinea. Our mission was to search for "VH-CIJ", an Australian military transport plane that got lost in the Bay of Milne during a tropical storm, just after WW2 had ended. We achieved our goal, and the exact position was passed on to the Australian authorities. You can read more about "The Lost Dakota" on the project website we set up, at We are now returning to PNG in order to carry out a new search, this time for the Douglas DB-7B Boston Mk. III A28-3, with the following souls onboard: Willam Ellis Newton - POW - R John Lyon - POW - R Basil Gilbert Eastwood - M Bill Newton and John Lyon managed to get out of the plane after ditching it on the surface on the water, but Sgt. Eastwood went down with the airplane. Our mission is to search for and document this plane. We will also install a conmemorative plaque.

Return to the SS Tahoe

Lake Tahoe, May 31 In 2014, the OpenROV team attempted to find and film the wreck of the SS Tahoe. The expedition was modestly successful, especially in terms of testing equipment, but left us wanting more. We're going back, and this time we're using the new OpenROV Trident.

Conquering Mount Kenya

Mar 11 Early Saturday morning we’re off to Mt Kenya for a 5 day trek up the mountain. During that trek we are going to be testing and proving out the picoBRCK concept. We will leave a picoBRCK weather station at Mt Kenya which will provide weather data for the next year. We will have another picoBRCK pushing live GPS coordinates as we hike. And of course we’ll be taking along a few BRCK’s so we can keep everyone updated.

Oak Bay High Tidal & Subtidal Exploration

Feb 12 to May 19 Oak Bay High's robotics students will be building a submersible ROV for use by our marine biology students in order to investigate the differences in species richness between tidal and subtidal communities. The robot will be designed and customized to meet the needs of the marine biology student research needs.

Sunset Park Waterfront

Bush Terminal Waterfront Park, Feb 16 We're going to explore a segment of the New York Harbor that runs along Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Beautiful ZIM - 16

Feb 3 to Feb 5 Zimbabwe has been home to us for over 3 years now and with each and every day, we continue to fall in love with it. This travelogue is a very modest effort on our part to showcase this beauty. We therefore invite you to journey with us as we explore this wonderful country that we call HOME.

Mangrove Mania

Jan 31 This expedition hopes to describe and document some of the biodiversity and natural assets of mangrove forests above and below water in the Phang Nga/Phuket region of Thailand

Build ROV #2900 and take it to Grandma's house in Florida for some boat dives

Grandma's Place, Jan 30 to Mar 15 My boys and I are beginning to build an OpenROV 2.8, which we plan take with us on a trip from California to Florida to visit the Grandparents. We hope to have all the systems tested in the pool and the ROV shipped in time for us to take it out on Grandma's boat for some exploration of the waters near Jupiter, FL. We're looking forward to the opportunity for the boys to "dive" with Grandma.

Exploring the Fruitvale Bridge

Fruitvale Bridge, Jan 23 to Jan 25 A few of us from the Bay Area got together for Monthly Expedition Day to do some exploring around the Fruitvale Bridge. Read more about the OpenROV Monthly Expedition Day:

Rogers Aquatic Exploration

Pickwick, TX (underwater), Jan 24 to Mar 6 Exploration for the sake of Exploration/ Project01: Pickwick, TX

Landmark Eelgrass Mitigation system and monitoring

Jan 22 to Apr 25 The Landmark School is in the process of designing an automated eelgrass planting system to reduce the cost of eelgrass loss mitigation planting. The proposed system in the final stages of prototyping is a biodegradable structure that can be deployed from a boat. An ROV will aid in monitoring growth rates as well as to confirm structure placement, orientation etc.

Cascade Pond

Jan 21 to Mar 8 Explore the small pond at Cascade High School. We will look for underwater life and exit pipe from the pond to see if it is screened.

Viva Colombia - Design Expedition

Valle Del Cauca, Jan 17 to Jan 24 A lightweight adventure with paraglider and minimal camping gear. One goal is to use recycled spinnaker fabric to design a bivy tent. This adventure is more than just a flying trip. It kicks off a huge transition in my life that I will touch on later. Stay tuned for an exciting time. When I return I will be starting a design exploration as a Pier 9 AiR at Autodesk in San Francisco.

Waterspace - American Arts Incubator, Philippines

Dumaguete, Jan 14 In April 2016, Andrew Quitmeyer will travel to Dumaguete in The Philippines.There he will create a community center to teach participants how to build their own tools for to collect and artistically share environmental data. The participants will then propose public artworks to examine the impacts humans have on the local habitat with this form of digital naturalism. Project Website:

Exploring Lake Merritt

Jan 11 We explore the channel between Lake Merritt and the Oakland Estuary, to get some deployment experience.

Gulf of Maine Systems

Portland, ME, Jan 7 to Feb 3 We are adding the OpenROV to our arsenal of research methods to explore abundance, distribution, and habitat of vital species of forage fish, zooplankton, and predators. Our research is based out of Gulf of Maine Research Institure ( in Portland, ME

Bringing an OpenROV on Vacation to Hawaii

Dec 20 to Dec 27 The goal for this expedition is to explore parts of Oahu with the ROV while simultaneously enjoying our vacation.

Sea Turtle Watch

Dec 12 to Jan 18 The goal of Sea Turtle Watch is to engage concerned citizens in monitoring and reporting sick and hurt sea turtles in the Hawaiian Islands (and beyond), with a focus on turtles affected with tumors from the fibropapillomatosis virus. Through using the hashtag #seaturtle911, citizens are asked to photograph and report locations and details of their findings. These findings will be conglomerated in real time onto a GPS platform that will show areas affected and monitor density. Through this effort of "citizen science," awareness from observations will create a curiosity about what’s going on, the causes, and what might be the broader implications, building a knowledge-based campaign that can be harnessed affectively. Could these sick turtles be warning signs to humans about the state of our oceans? For more information on this project, please contact Kristin Hettermann,

Mobile Innovation Bus: From FORK TO MARKET Tour THROUGH ZIMBABWE

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Dec 8 The FARM-TO-MARKET (F2M) Tour is a mobile innovation programme in Zimbabwe that aims to empower young small holder farmers in ecologically fragile locations - by improving their production systems and transforming them into profitable and resilient agribusiness ventures. By bringing new technologies, skills, knowledge and providing tailor-made mentorship clinics for farmers within their locations, the F2M Tour will stimulate agribusiness development innovations among young Small Holder Farmers - contributing to a food secure and economically empowered young population. Our initial goal is cover 5 districts in Zimbabwe’s Agro-logical Zone 5 by June 2015. To do this, we need your support. How can you participate? Join us on this tour. You can follow us on this F2M Travelogue; Twit and like our journey; by donating funds to support the project; donating your time, technical agribusiness development skills, leadership capacities, agro-based technologies, financial resources, new media campaign skills, parking space, food for our volunteers among others to the cause. THANK YOU

Exploration of Mesophotic Coral Reefs

FAU Harbor Branch, Nov 18 to Mar 16 In conjunction with ongoing mesophotic coral reef research in the Voss Lab at FAU Harbor Branch, we will use the OpenROV v2.8 and the upcoming Trident ROVs to accomplish four research objectives: (1) to assess the OpenROV platform for assisting scientific diving and data collection, (2) to rapidly locate target sites at 50m, (3) to monitor technical diver teams during bottom time and decompression, and (4) to collect reef survey data. This project is funded to PhD Candidate Michael Studivan through the FAU Graduate Research and Inquiry Program (GRIP) Grant.


Camana, Nov 12 Locate the remains of the Vessel Tucapel which ran aground on the coast of Peru in 1911.My grandfather Capt Frederick Collins went down with his ship as Captains should do. The location is 16*38'S 72*46' W.The remains were visible until 5 years ago when a Tsunami carried them into deeper water. A book has been written siting the valor of local fishermen who went to rescue passengers and perished as well as the conduct of my grandfather in the rescue operation.

The Mystery of Devil's Kettle Falls

Nov 9 We're going to explore the mystery of Devil's Kettle Falls in Northern Minnesota. Located along Lake Superior's North Shore, the falls have been puzzling hikers and geologists for years. No one knows where the water is going. We're going to send in an OpenROV, and see if we can find out.

Missouri Springs and Caverns

Eminence MO, Oct 29 There are hundreds if not thousands of cave systems throughout rural Missouri. This expedition plans to deploy in as many as possible during various trips to the area. The interesting thing about these deployments is the rich history of the area. Missouri was the "Gateway to the West". Many legends of outlaws, bank robberies, and other characters are abound. Who knows what we might find during these adventures!

ROV Workshops on Beautiful Islands

Oct 23 This is less of an adventurous expedition so much as it is documentation of a project I was involved in. The non-profit, MakerCorps, organized a multiple workshop volun-tourism week in Bali, Indonesia to promote the use of technology including: ROV's, Structure-from-motion 3D scanning of coral reefs as well as 360 degree cameras for conservation use.

Girls Underwater Robot Camp Alameda

Oct 9 to Nov 18 Girls Underwater Robot Camp immerses girls aged 13-17 into engineering and exploration using underwater robot kits developed by O​penROV.​Building an OpenROV as a team, each student learns to use hand tools, solder microelectronics, and basic marine technology design. High-intensity engineering workshops are followed by planning and running a micro-expedition in the field. Documenting along the way, girls also learn how to tell their story through social media, photography and filmmaking. Read more at

Farallon Islands + Shark cage diving

Farallon Islands, Oct 8 to Oct 11 During this expedition, we wanted to test the Trident's performance in the open ocean, as well as observing marine life in shark infested waters.

Ghost Fishing Costa Brava

Oct 6 to Jan 24 We dive in the Mediterranean area with a strong fishing presence. We’ve years of watching abandoned fishing lines and nets. Although initially only attracted our attention, eventually we investigated its impact on the marine environment and we find the damage it do and that shouldn’t be down there. In 2014 we decided to take action, we detected a pair of deployed nets, we analyzed the area and proceeded to remove them safely. It was a success that also have local television coverage and the collaboration of a local dive center. Since that time we set as our objectives the detection, analysis, extraction, recycling ghost nets, as well as documentation of the whole process. The team is made up of GUE divers and also a non GUE volunteers among which we split the tasks

jamaica: kingston harbour

May 31 Explore the underwater area surrounding the junction of a gully that empties raw sewage and solid waste in the kingston harbour. This investigation will be part of a FIRST LEGO League project where the students identify a problem caused by the way we handle trash, design a solution and share the solution with others.

Looking for Odysseus

Sep 16 to Sep 27 For the upcoming 2 weeks, OCEAN71 is heading back to the Ionien sea. We are going to navigate with our boat around the islands of Ithaca and Kefalonia. For this mission, we want to explore the different theories around Odysseus kingdom.

Seeli Seelisberg

Seeli Seelisberg, Sep 14 Since I am a little boy, I was fishing in a small mountain lake called Seeli in Seelisberg. Now I was wondering, how all the fishes are living in this small mountain lake and how it looks like underwater. I did my studies as a Microbiologist in a very special mountain lake (Lago di Cadagno) in the Alps. Now I am interested in a better understanding of this small mountain lake Seeli in Seelisberg, in the central part of Switzerland. As a first mission, I created this year a high resolution Sonar Map of the lake. As a second step, I would like to explore interesting sites with my OpenROV. I also would be interested in collection more physical, chemical parameters (such as pH, O2, Turbidity and Temperature) during the dives, in order to understand the biology of this lake better. My next mission is now to build the Open ROV 2.8 and start exploring the different habitats of this lake next spring.

Helgoland, Distribution of Marine Macroalgae and Macroinvertebrates

Helgoland (North Sea, Germany), Aug 26 to Aug 27 How OpenROV can help to survey and map the vertical algal distribution on the rocky shores of Helgoland? See and get Photos of the Kelp forests. Get an idea of existing macroinvertebrates, distribution and mode of life.

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

Aug 18 to Oct 14 The expedition will show everything that exists underwater and will help the environment.

Monthly Expedition Day

Feb 2 The first Sunday of each month is Monthly Expedition Day. So get out there and explore! Then post you videos and experiences, either in your own expedition, or here in this one. Note any good clips with the time (HH:MM:SS) in the description so we can put together a highlights montage.

Project Mitten

Jul 21 One week to build a boat, one week to sail it.

Trashing Puget Sound

Jul 20 to Mar 23 Our goal is to document as much marine debris as possible with screen grabs and underwater photos and videos by citizen scientists and their OpenROV's and citizen scientist divers with their cameras. If possible we plan to clean up said debris. After documenting this debris, we will then identify and hope to follow the trash backwards to its origin. Once the origin is identified our goal is to build broader awareness for the plastic and trash that sinks to the oceans floor and unlike its buoyant counterpart, it is not recovered during beach cleanups. The last stand for a cleaner ocean lies in the grabbers of OpenROV pilots and the hands of scuba divers everywhere. We will be filming our progress as part of a larger documentary with the working title: "Trashing Puget Sound".

Another Homemade ROV Concept

Jul 17 to Sep 19 Not really an expedition but i want to share my experience developing an ROV system with anyone interested in underwater exploration.

Cook Islands Coastal Research and Service Learning

Jul 16 to Dec 9 The Cook Islands are a small group of very remote Pacific Ocean islands, with the nearest major landmass being over 1000 miles away. The nation is a picturesque tropical paradise, rich with native culture, large pristine lagoons, crystal clear water, and it is home to a large and bio-diverse population of wildlife. The islands are home to one of the largest marine conservation areas in existence, the Cook Islands Marine Park. Due to the remote nature of these islands, managing this expansive resource with a small amount of people is difficult. Unlike many places in the world, the population there is in decline due to a myriad of factors including the economic scarcity induced by isolation, and many other issues. We’re going to help! We plan on offering the government, and the people of the Cook Islands by providing research into the health of their eco-systems, and starting long term monitoring projects, many including the use of ROVs and UAVs!

False Creek Vancouver, BC

Jul 9 to Jul 10 False Creek is very sheltered and calm most, if not every, day of the year. So when the going gets tough, I will get to False creek until the going gets less tough.

What's in the Aquatic Park Drainpipe!?!?

Berkeley Aquatic Park, Jul 6 to Sep 28 While walking around the Berkeley Aquatic park you can't help but notice the water clarity changes over the passing months. While exploring the perimeter of the park we noticed a giant drainpipe that feeds the water coming in from Addison. The ROV is good at going places humans can't or won't go...this would most certainly qualify! What is interesting from the video is that life will find a way. Given the stormwater run-off, pollution, lack of light, etc. There are still lifeforms clinging to the inside of the pipe. We also discovered that if you get lost in a drainpipe the best thing to do is turn off the lights and look for the exit!!

Submarines and the Sea: Google Ocean Camp 2015

Jul 4 to Jul 13 On July 13, the first week of Google Ocean Camp will kick off with a one-hour live stream with National Geographic Explorers Erika Bergman and Sylvia Earle as we go on a dive in the Atlantic Ocean. The event will be staged from inside Baseline Explorer's Submarine 'Nemo' where Erika Bergman and Sylvia Earle will discuss marine biology, technology and then pilot an OpenROV pre-positioned several miles offshore and piloted through a wireless ethernet bridge.

Pruebas de OpenROV en el Rio San Pedro de Cadiz

Jul 2 Tras una semana que trabajo duro de montaje, llega el momento de realizar pruebas de nuestros OpenROVs. Vamos a encontrar un sitio cercano a la Universidad de Cádiz, Campus de Puerto Real, donde podamos lanzar y pilotar nuestros drones acuáticos ROV.

Chesapeake Bay - Crab Pot Inspection

Fox Hill, Hampton, Virginia, Jun 27 Technical Check and Fishery Exercise. A preliminary exercise in inspecting fishery health of the Chesapeake Bay. In preparation for assessing and selecting research opportunities with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, VIMS, we here in the Chesapeake are planning a series of technical dives assessing the CTD+ payload and camera systems on our modified OpenROV rig, reviewing the technical solutions for science mission in the bay. Working with VIMS researchers, we wish to verify the prototypes on board and build a research initiative for the 2015 Fall and 2016 Spring seasons.

OpenROV Marine Mammal Communication/Listening; Building a Hydrophone for the ROV!

Jun 24 Creating a low cost hydrophone that will work with the OpenROV controllerboard electronics. Then deploying this hydrophone equipped ROV in the ocean to listen to marine life and ocean sounds. Experiments continue with underwater speakers, and the eventual goal is to record sounds with the ROV and play them back underwater. These experiments will continue into the more complex world of acoustic positioning systems, sonic signalling, and acoustic modems.

Test Structure From Motion Underwater

Lake Merritt, Jun 18 to Jul 22 Structure from motion is a method of creating a 3D model by combining multiple still images. Our goal is to learn how to apply this technology to make underwater maps. This technology is already being used extensively with aerial drones. Because much of the ocean is not thoroughly mapped, structure from motion has the potential to change the way we view the ocean.

OpenROV Project Week Intro

Ocean Lab - Jacobs University - Bremen, May 27 to May 28 Our HafenCity University OpenROV was built by students. To ensure ongoing usage and research with the ROV, it needs to be handed over to the following student generation. To do so we went to the Ocean Lab of the Jacobs University in Bremen to use their pool for some introduction and test dives.

Testing Underwater Robots at a Dilapidated Naval Base

Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot, Jun 11 to Jun 12 We plan on investigating the site of a wreck near the decommissioned Point Molate Naval Base. It has been surprisingly difficult to find information about the wreck itself, but the history of the Richmond coastline that juts out nearby is fascinating. Once a massive winery, then essentially a ghost town, then a navy fueling station, and now largely empty, who knows what our OpenROVs might might off the shore!

Searching For Signs of Life in Nili Patera (SSLNP) Iceland Analog Mission

Hveravellir, Iceland, Jun 3 We are developing the science and mission planning for a future mission to search for life in a Martian Hot Spring using analog sites in Iceland.

Glass Sponges of South Howe Sound (plus random critters)

May 31 Collect data on the glass sponge reef in southern Howe Sound, near Passage Island. Deploy a buoy in the area so that the exact spot can be visited and revisited to track changes and map.

L72- A forgotten tragedy

May 30 to Jun 19 On June 3 we return to Malta to explore the wreck which lies at a depth of nearly 100 meters. Divers will descend to the wreck but due to the limited bottom time we will film the wreck using the OpenROV. The OpenRov team has prepared for us a special enhanced version of their ROV that can dive safely to more than 100 meters. Our aim is to check the performance of the OpenRov in difficult conditions while working on the wreck on the high seas and at great depth. We will share our pictures and videos on the blog. More information will available on our website and our Facebook page.

Examining the Impacts of the Oil Spill at Refugio State Beach

Refugio State Beach, May 27 to Jun 13 We're headed down to Santa Barbara to examine the effects of the oil spill on Refugio State Beach. We'll be using new tools to get different perspectives on the damage, as well as prototyping and documenting methods for citizen scientists to respond to environmental crisis in the future.

Crystal Cove Alliance

Robert E. Badham ASBS State Water Quality Protection Area, May 25 to May 26 I took ROV 1491, a generous donation by OpenROV and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and accompanied the Crystal Cove Alliance in teaching students about water quality, plankton, and utilizing technology to collect species richness and evenness in waters just outside of Newport Harbor. (Disclaimer: Any views or opinions presented in this expedition are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the CCA. I am not an employee or a representative of the CCA.)

Inspecting the GEOMAR Benthocosms platform

Jan 27 to May 22 The purpose of this expedition is to inspect the state of the platform of the GEOMAR Benthocosms in Kiel, Germany.

Wedel Sea Trial

Oct 7 to Oct 8 This is the first sea trial of the HCU OpenROV

OpenROV 2.7 Build

South Portland, Maine, May 19 to Jun 18 This first expedition will follow the building of my OpenROV 2.7 kit. My ultimate goal for the ROV is threefold: 1) to explore the Gulf of Maine coast for the purpose of my own scientific research interests, 2) to help others conduct research or explore problems (e.g., identification of areas in need of maintenance by divers at boat marinas), and 3) to take narrated, educational videos for use as a teaching tool. Join me as I start my journey!

Fiskardo-Greece 2015

Fiskardo Kefalonia Greece, May 18 to May 23 The 2015 OCEAN71 expedition will take place in Fiskardo, in the northern part of Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece. The endeavor of this new expedition encompasses two different missions : the survey of underwater remains of a shot and sunk english Beaufighter bomber plane and an ethological approach of the endangered Mediterranean monk seal. Both missions will deploy innovative survey techniques by air or diving investigations.

Whale Entanglement Team

Moss Landing, California, May 18 WET is a group of 30 plus unpaid professionals (volunteers) assembled and trained for the purpose of disentangling whales. The authority of this group is under the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program permit #932-1905.

Wearables Hiking Hack

Jun 22 to Jun 28 Another in the series of Hiking Hackathon workshops in the wild, we will be building wearable technology to interact with forest insects. We will be targeting the synchronous fireflies in the Smokey Mountains. This elite group was selected from a broad application pool of scientists, engineers, and artists. Made possible with financial support from Georgia Tech's Wearable Computing Center

DINGBOT Sea Trials

May 12 On this mission, the DINGBOT was tested for the first time of the season. It operated on it's own for the first time, and we filmed it with an aerial quad. The results were outstanding. The DINGBOT tracked up the Northwest Arm and exceeded performance expectations.

SF Jellyfishers

May 12 to May 24 SF Jellyfishers We are the SF Jellyfishers, a citizen science organization located in the San Francisco Bay Area. For the past few years we’ve educated ourselves, learned to build our own kreisel tanks for keeping these beautiful, delicate creatures, and collected our own jellies from docks at high tide. Now we’re ready to expand our mission and leave the land. This will be the first SF Jellyfishers jelly hunting expedition by sailboat, out past the Golden Gate Bridge and into open water.

The Lionfish Project

Florida Keys , May 9 Lionfish appeared in the Keys in 2009 and have since wreaked havoc throughout the Caribbean, Gulf, and Atlantic. This project aimed to document the response of Florida Keys locals to lionfish and share innovate approaches to management.

Rescue of OpenROV #589

Aug 4 to May 10 OpenROV #589 was entrapped at the bottom of Fallen Leaf Lake due to the large amount of downed trees. We will be going back to retrieve the ROV using another OpenROV. It has been at the bottom of the lake for over 9 month, resulting in a long term test.

Tahoe Haxpedition 2015

North Lake Tahoe, May 8 to May 11 We're heading up to Lake Tahoe with a whole crew of OpenROVers. The goal is test out a number of different features and modifications that we've been working on.

Champlain Research and Exploration in Water (C.R.E.W.)

May 5 to Jul 20 The Lake CREW will be offering a series of free summer workshops to build Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV’s) to explore the depths of Lake Champlain. Rich in natural and cultural resources, Lake Champlain played a pivotal role in the formation of the United States. Over the past century however, settlement along her waters and within the Champlain Valley watershed has endangered her delicate ecosystem and introduced an invasive species in the late 1990’s that threaten the historical artifacts that lie below. Lake Champlain can reach depths of over 400 feet and up until the OpenROV project, was mostly inaccessible to citizen exploration. Our region in NY has a resource of young students eager to learn about underwater sciences and technology but lacks any program that provides hands on education in underwater robotics with a mission of purpose and stewardship of the lake. Our goal is to create a CREW of students and community members that continues on beyond the summer workshops. To build a team that will understand the technology of the ROV and be capable of augmenting it based on mission criteria. We will dive on the historic wrecks from the American Revolution to the great steamship era to provide photographic and video graphic documentation to share with the world. We will work with local watershed organizations in their efforts to preserve the lakes ecosystem by measuring water quality and quantifying invasive species in their habitats.

Ghost Net & Marine Debris Film

May 2 Vanguard Diving & Exploration (VDEx) is working to survey and remove abandoned "ghost" nets from Canadian waters, and share the stories of common citizens working together to help protect the health of our coastal ecosystems.

Earth Day soil sampling & testing with Counter Culture Labs

Oakland, CA, Apr 25 to May 4 In honor of Earth Day and the International Year of Soils, Counter Culture Labs will be doing a soil sampling and testing outing.

The Invasive Species Initiative on the Millennial Trains Project

Apr 28 to Jul 7 I will highlight creative management solutions to invasive species through blogs, photography, and video as part of the Millennial Trains Project, a cross-country train journey that stops in L.A., Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans, Austin, and D.C.

Research Scientist Program

Moss Landing, California, Apr 25 to May 15 Marine Life Studies’ Research Scientist Program teaches research techniques to students and adults while we conduct research on whales and dolphins. We collect photo ID’s, along with written data and video footage of animal behavior.

Virgin Island Expedition

St. John USVI, Apr 22 to May 8 On April 27th, 2015 eight intrepid friends set off on an adventure to explore the furthest reaches of the tropical Caribbean in the elusive Virgin Island chain. What mysteries lay ahead? How will the native species react to these explorers? Where will the trade winds carry them off to during endless days of island hopping, snorkeling, and diving the warm coral waters? Stay tuned...

Tofino Marine Debris Cleanup

Apr 20 Vanguard Diving & Exploration is working on documenting the ghost net and marine debris issue in British Columbia's coastal waters. More info to come soon.

The Steep N' Deep Project

May 31 We are a group of citizen scientists taking progressive steps for climate change adaptation by investigating high mountain glacial lakes at risk of outburst flooding. Accomplishing our mission requires creating a hybrid of exploration disciplines to perform underwater inspections of unstable lakes across the Andes and Himalaya mountains. We are testing experimental extreme-altitude diving methods in research laboratories, and in the world's highest lake atop a sacred Chilean volcano, as we prepare for our Peru and Nepal expeditions.

Beneath the Waves

James Island Wharf, Victoria, Apr 19 My research looks at how underwater cameras can revolutionize ocean education. I will attempt to defend my Masters from underwater live from the depths of the Pacific Ocean. People can tune in on YouTube Live on Monday April 20, 12:30pm PDT. Hope you can join me under the sea live!

Tutka Bay Exploration

Tutka Bay (near Homer, Alaska), Apr 18 This summer, I'll be working as a Naturalist Guide at a small lodge in Tutka Bay, Alaska. Tutka Bay is part of Kachemak Bay, which has one of the richest marine environments in the world. We experience extreme tides (2nd only to the Bay of Fundy in North America), which means many opportunities to explore unique ecosystems. There are more than 450 marine invertebrates! We see humpback, minke, and orca whales. Bioluminescence is something I also hope to video. I've been documenting sea star wasting syndrom in the area since May 2013. My blog Stay Curious ( and my Stay Curious Facebook page ( are where I will be posting updates about the activities.

Kent Islands Climbing

Kent Group National Park, Apr 13 A 6 week island adventure climbing, kayaking and snorkeling expedition in the remote islands of the Kent Group, Tasmania, Australia during January and February 2016. We're hoping to make a short film about the adventure while we're there.

Urban Underwater Missions

Urban, Apr 12 to Jun 9 What secrets does the grimy underbelly of a city hold? Raybans, Rolexes, pocket knives, little fish, lots of ducks. I have this fascination with exploring the places we see daily from above the waterline, but never see from below. Potentially mischievous, always adventurous, and forever drawn to search for a small time salvage. These missions seek to talk about all the things we're not supposed to talk about. You in?

Queensland Boating &Snorkelling

Queensland Australia, Apr 8 This page is a brief guide for boating and snorkeling spots around Queensland, by showing pics of locations that you might like to. This expedition started in Townsville because I was unable to find any information on were to go snorkeling.

Operation Ancient Welsh Well

Mar 23 Ancient Arthurian research to find the true location of the Isle of Avalon / reverse engineering of any encountered ancient technology.

Discovery Deep - "Mapping the Lost Radeau"

Lake George, NY, Mar 23 to May 19 Mapping the Lost Radeau In June 2015, the Discovery Deep team -- an emerging dive group on the East Coast aspiring to non-profit status, will launch its first expedition -- a photographic and video survey of the Lost Radeau Warship at the bottom of Lake George, New York. During the dive phase of the expedition, the team will comprehensively photograph and video the wreck with multiple teams of divers, as well as deploy an ROV to support the non-invasive survey work. Our goal is to collect enough photographic and video data to produce a digital three-dimensional interactive tour of the wreck site for historic societies and museums in Upstate New York, as well as to make the data available to historians, academics conservationists and scientists involved in researching, studying and conserving the site. Additionally, the dive team will also shoot 360-degree photo imagery of the site in support of Google’s Street View Ocean project.

River Raab -- an interesting Test

Mar 21 First test with my ROV underneath a weir which is reconstructed. It was nearly four meters deep, now there is a sandbank and only small Areas with 2 meter depth. Saw a lot of fishes.

Acuario de Sevilla - Seville Aquarium

Acuario de Sevilla, Mar 21 We are going to explore the biggest sharks tank in Europe, located at Seville Aquarium, south of Spain.

FARM-to-MARKET Mobile Innovation Tour Across Zimbabwe

Dec 8 The FARM-TO-MARKET (F2M) Tour is a mobile innovation programme in Zimbabwe that aims to empower young small holder farmers in ecologically fragile locations - by improving their production systems and transforming them into profitable and resilient agribusiness ventures. By bringing new technologies, skills, knowledge and providing tailor-made mentorship clinics for farmers within their locations, the F2M Tour will stimulate agribusiness development innovations among young Small Holder Farmers - contributing to a food secure and economically empowered young population. Our initial goal is cover 5 districts in Zimbabwe’s Agro-logical Zone 5 by June 2015. To do this, we need your support. How can you participate? Join us on this tour. You can follow us on this F2M Travelogue; Twit and like our journey; by donating funds to support the project; donating your time, technical agribusiness development skills, leadership capacities, agro-based technologies, financial resources, new media campaign skills, parking space, food for our volunteers among others to the cause. THANK YOU

NY Iron Mines Exploration

Harriman State Park, New York, Mar 26 to Sep 17 Just north of New York City, in the hills of Harriman State Park, are a collection of mine workings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Some were worked into the 20th century, but most were abandonded much earlier. These miners dug out hematite and magnetite using a combination of hand tools and black powder. Some of the workings are open trenches, some are vertical shafts and some slope into the hillside. All are flooded with water. There are several guides and books that describe the mines and their history, but I have seen and read nothing about the interior of the flooded mines. This project aims to address that by sending an underwater ROV into the flooded mine shafts to explore and document the excavations.

Buskateers on the Highway Seas

Mar 12 to Mar 16 While our original expedition is currently in the planning stage over at , we have found ourselves on a mission to field test our equipment. That equipment includes an Adventure Bus we call The Kraken. We will be traveling in our new ride from the Toronto, Canada area, through Nashville, and on to the Gulf Coast of Florida. There we have rented a boat to test our OpenROV with Manatees.


Mar 6 to Apr 15 Developing new imaging systems for underwater robotics...

Dominican Republic La Caleta Expedition

La Caleta National Marine Park, Dominican Republic, Mar 5 to Mar 19 The purpose of this trip is to do some general exploratory work along the southern coast of the Dominican Republic using an OpenROV to look at lion fish densities in deeper reef areas of La Caleta National Marine Park. In addition, we will be using the ROV to look for evidence of the former coastline, now underwater.


Mar 4 A group of Master students have built an OpenROV 2.7 and are now ready to develop features and make it even more awesome! The group consists of Even, Simon and Hans Fredrik:)

Benthic Aquatic Debris Research in Geneva Lake

Feb 28 to Mar 3 The expedition will investigate the amount, type and impact of persistent human-made debris on Geneva Lake’s bottom community. The study will look at ten benthic sites in the lake with a variety of use such as mooring and fishing, and will also look at relatively low-use sites for the sake of comparison. A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) will be used to document debris along designated transects.

Fiskardo-Greece 2015

The 2015 OCEAN71 expedition will take place in Fiskardo, in the northern part of Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece. The endeavor of this new expedition encompasses two different missions : the survey of underwater remains of a shot and sunk english Beaufighter bomber plane and an ethological approach of the endangered Mediterranean monk seal. Both missions will deploy innovative survey techniques by air or diving investigations.

Recent Observations

In preparation for our expedition next week, a small team from OpenROV coordinated a trial run in Tahoe to test equipment. We've outfitted a small inflatable boat with long range communication equipment, a USBL acoustic positioning system, and a low cost dynamic positioning system. Our purpose for building this system was to demonstrate that many of the capabilities one might think would require a large research vessel can actually be achieved with off-the-shelf parts that are more portable and much less expensive. You can read up on the details on the forums here: <a href="" data-longurl=""></a>

Vanguard Diving &amp; Exploration and Science in The Wild have successfully operated the OpenROV 2.8 in the Spillway Lake of Ngozumpa Glacier, high in the Himalayan mountains of Nepal as part of our Sherpa-Scientist Initiative. The goal of this endeavour is to provide local communities with the tools and skills they need to contribute to scientific investigations of high mountain glacial lakes that pose a threat to their communities and way of life. The OpenROV was chosen as the ideal platform to build the underwater research component of this citizen-science project, and we are using this testing period to develop the technology and develop curricula to train mountain communities to participate in climate change adaptation. Thank you very much to OpenROV and their investors who provided our team with our first ROV, and have helped set an impactful project in motion.

Assembly OpenRov model: OpenROV 2.8 Mini Observation Class ROV Chassis Assembly of the plastic body of the OpenROV went quite smoothly. A few mistakes were made, most easily amended and a few not so much. The syringe plug, to seal the electronics, could not be removed, thus the electronics tube could not be closed or sealed properly. Plastic end caps of battery tube broke apart. Screws to hold the weights fell off easily. We cut some wires too short, as the instructions didn’t give any indication about length, especially the battery wires. Assembly instructions were easily understood and very effective. Most issues were able to be solved Electronics Hardware Problems also arose when soldering one of the battery connections, as the wire would not hold to the metal plate securely. Connections in the communication box were difficult to fix once the box was closed, thus it had to be taken apart. *we suggest designing the communication box with a lid. Software Firmware had to be flashed to the BeagleBone several times before it would connect to the URL link to the dashboard. Exploring We used the OpenROV to try observe the effect of garbage on the seafloor of the Kingston Harbour, near a community called Royal Palm. Garbage ends up there from one of the exits of the open sewer network in Kingston. The OpenROV performed quite well in terms of maneuvering however, the video quality received was not sufficient (as the camera was not focused properly). We were able to make out the images captured a few objects such as plastic bags, tarpaulin and rope. Problems noted: Battery tubes flooded Electronics tube leaked Tether was the only means of determining the OpenROV’s position. Report prepared by: Zachary Chen Dylan Chin


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