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Exploration of Mesophotic Coral Reefs

FAU Harbor Branch, Nov 18 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

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.

GhostFishing Costa Brava

Oct 6 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

Royal Palm, Kingston, Jamaica, Sep 27 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.

Project Mitten

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

Trashing Puget Sound

Jul 20 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 Aug 12 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 Sep 15 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

Licancabur Volcano - the world's highest lake, Apr 19 to Oct 6 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.

Kariba 2015

Mar 20 As part of the UNDP Zimbabwe 2015 All Staff Retreat in Kariba, a section of the Inno & KM Team at UNDP Zimbabwe comprised of William, Anesu, Cecile and Moe chose to drive down with an aim of show-casing the beauty and uniqueness of the 360KM journey from Harare to Kariba.

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.

Oakland ESA Underwater Explorers

94610, Feb 25 to Jul 29 Our mission is to... -to se(a) underwater -to learn more about our environment -to gain experience as engineers and explorers -to EXPLORE! Where do we want to go?: -SF Bay -Lake Merritt -Baja California -Hawaii -Point Reyes -Great Barrier Reef -Catalina Island -The Red Triangle -Half Moon Bay -Ports and Marinas -MLK Shoreline

Willemstad Archeological Research (The Netherlands)

Feb 26 to Mar 6 Willemstad is my home town and it is a pre medieval town, built like a fortress and on the waterfront. Lots of historical findings have been done on land but underwater the surroundings have hardly been researched. During the building of the famous Water Works in the 1960's there was a finding of: "Het Mannetje van Willemstad" in 1966, a small statue made of oakwood and estimated about 5300 BC, found on a depth of about 8 meters. Exploring the surroundings underwater might generate a lot of historical artifacts. So I made it my goal to start the underwater research using the OpenROV. I still need to purchase one but it soon will be done. Expected start of the project will be around March 2015.

SEA Semester Voyage and Beyond

Feb 23 Beginning in April, I will sail aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer from Puerto Rico to New York City. While sailing, I will be conducting research on water quality, biodiversity/population dynamics, as well as conservation methods!

Lighthouse Point West Vancouver

Feb 20 We found where the starfish (seastars) were hiding. The original plan was to go to Passage Island again. I forgot my anchor line. So we went here instead! Goodtimes!

Robot Dive Buddy

Monterey, CA, Feb 19 to Feb 25 Help us turn an OpenROV into your new favorite Robot Dive Buddy. Beep bop bloop blop!

Pacific Ocean Survey

Pacific Ocean, Feb 13 to Jun 17 Launching of Edgar into the pacific Ocean. Edgar is a moveable buoy that will be able to self propell to any spot in the pacific ocean and then drift with the current. While drifting in a certain area, Edgar will sample water Ph/Temp as well as wind/speed/direction, air pressure/temp. These results will all be relayed in real time via satellite back to our database.

KIng Tides in Oakland by ESA Class of 2015

Oakland Shorelines, Feb 13 to Feb 20 King tide is a term used to describe an especially high tide occurring when there is an alignment of the gravitational pull of the sun and moon. King tides occur naturally and regularly. They are predictable and expected. This makes it easer for people to go out and take a picture. Pictures will help people visualize how sea level rise will impact their lives. (Monyta) King tides photos are used several ways to help people: 1) document current flood risk in coastal areas. 2) visualize the impacts of sea level rise in our community, 3) ground-truth and validate climate change models by comparing model predictions with high tide reality, and serve as a record of change for future generations. (Christy)

Aerial Survey of North Cyprus

North Cyprus, Feb 10 My expeditions goal is to capture the natural beauties, scenic towns and villages of North Cyprus using aerial photography.

Coastal Resquiggle Vigilance

Feb 9 Sailing School Vessel Oliver Hazard Perry spends much of her time in New England waters, offering sail training as summer camps and as the foundational component for experiential school programs. Often she'll stop in the same coves and natural harbors for swim calls or to anchor for the night. The plan is to take these opportunities to document changes to the boundaries of land and sea to mark any erosion and identify its causes, especially marking the effects of liminal plants on coastal integrity and health.

Open-Learning to Open Water: An Experimental Course Leads to Experiments in the Field

Feb 4 to Mar 9 Four undergrads at UMass Amherst are using Independent Study for the construction, testing, and initial research using and OpenROV v2.6. Mounted sensors will measure dissolved oxygen, depth, temperature, and location. Funding is greatly appreciated!

Sebastian River

Saint Sebastian River, Feb 1 Exploring the land and water of the Saint Sebastian River. Specifically looking for local pollution and water quality.

Helping the ambulance to clear the path fast

Jan 31 Our team have seen number of times that the ambulance don't get there way and due to which it becomes late for them to help

environmental radiological contamination survey

Jan 30 I aim to survey the areas around Lake Anna, a reservoir formed by the North Anna Dam that provides water to cool the nuclear power generating plants at the North Anna Nuclear Generating Station adjacent to the lake, (wikipedia) and neighborhoods throughout Spotsylvania County for evidence of radiological contamination. Through the use of Geiger counters mounted to various vehicles, both manned and unmanned, on the ground, in the air and under water, I will map the radiation levels found in the areas we live and play. The project will be an on going study of the environment. resources:

Thousand Islands Exploration

Thousand Islands, Jan 30 Thousand Islands is located in Jakarta, Capital City of Indonesia. It is an area consist with a lot of island (hence the name Thousand Islands). Eventough it is named Thousand Islands, there only 342 Island, 11 of them inhabited by human with the population of 20.000 people. Thousand Islands divided by 3 groups of islands which consist of Tourism, Nature Preserve, and Industry. Until this day there are still many Island that still has not been explored yet. The thousand islands has more potential for tourism and nature preserve. Our group want to explore more in this area and share it to the world through openexplorer Our program is to do exploration weekly in every week, and we will focus on the sea and land exploration. Discovering new things on the islands. Wiki:

Mapping Queensland Snorkeling Spots

Jan 30 to Feb 17 We're planning to map all of the best snorkeling spots down the coast of Queensland, Australia. This includes well-known as well hidden spots. The goal is to create a user-friendly map of snorkel spots as part of our mission to increase awareness of our sea-dwelling friends and encourage people to protect our precious oceans.

Sea Stars of STEM

Port Macquarie, NSW, Jan 30 With local industry support, students from Newman Senior Technical College and the Port Macquarie Marine Discovery Centre are building an OpenROV to explore their own aquatic backyard...and beyond!

Exploring Physical Topography

Columbus, OH, Jan 30 My recent work has explored translating birds eye view photographs into physical 3D printed sculptures. Many of the images I use are found or in the public domain. I would love to use drone photography to explore the divides between the urban/suburban and suburban/rural divides in Ohio. You can see examples of this work on my website Thank you for your support!!

Minot Exploration I

Minot ND, Jan 29 Fly over parts of Minot that were flooded back in 2011 to see the changes that were caused by the flood

Kneeland Ranch

Kneeland, Jan 29 to Feb 4 My girlfriend's family has owned 1,300 acres in Kneeland, CA, for almost 100 years. They allow some logging and maintain around 20 cows on the property. I would like to do a close mapping of their property as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2016. I would also like to monitor the wildlife that inhabits the land, including deer, elk, bear, mountain lions, birds, etc., as well as the many natural springs and other waterways on the property.

Oregon Milkweed Project

O'Brien, Oregon, Jan 29 Document populations of two rare Oregon Milkweeds (Asclepias cordifolia and A. solanoana) in Southwestern Oregon for seed collection, and propagation for Monarch butterfly habitat restoration.

Napa nvdi

Jan 29 I'd like to map vineyards in Napa Valley

Drones for Justice: Rainforest Conservation and Protection by Local Communities in Borneo, Indonesia

Tayan, Kabupaten Sanggau, West Kalimantan Province, Indonesia, Jan 27 to Feb 28 This expedition aims on mapping rainforest with an extraordinary high biodiversity. The remote area is subject to anthropogenic disturbances large scale logging, mining and oil palm plantations. Indonesian spatial planning process actually gives locals a chance to influence spatial plans. The key is the locals need to provide maps proving that the forest are still exist and they need to provide that the forest is conserved and protected through the customary system sustainably. The locals need to obtain the status of “customary forest” in order to protect the remaining forest. Conventional participatory mapping might take months in remote areas, using drones is way more efficient and more accurate. Scientifically, UAVs as a method to conduct participatory mapping and to monitor land-use-changes provides a promising methods and arena for further research. Technically, very-high resolution geo-referenced map will be developed through methods of using UAV to take aerial images of the forest, then developed into maps and legal documents for the local communities. Educationally, training in mapping forest using UAVs Communities, NGOs and government agencies is believed to give community strength to support their on-going efforts in protecting the forest, thus promoting environmental and social justice. We will explore the geographical heart of Borneo in West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. The area is covered by some of the last remaining primary rainforests worldwide, that harbors an extraordinary high biodiversity and local communities that depend on it. We use UAVs for aerial mapping, showing the importance and the beauty of this ecosystem.

Dissemination Lab - Madagascar

Jan 24 to Apr 1 We are hiking and hacking through Madagascar to share science. We will be doing workshops and crafting tools to try to figure out new ways to share scientific practices, and the behaviors of animals. Follow our games and challenges from the field here and also on Twitter: Hashtag #WildHacks Brian Andy Hannah @OpenPlusea @Ant

Mars Academy // Underwater Brazil

City of God, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan 24 to Jun 3 From the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the underwater wonderland of the Brazilian coast and the dusty plains of Mars, we will involve a classroom of local students in the power of scientific exploration and give them the tools for a lifetime of discovery.

Marine Science Camp

Jan 23 to May 1 This summer Marine Science Camp will focus on using technology to explore, with an emphasis on local habitats. Our "Underwater Investigator" campers will practice the scientific method—from forming questions to discovering answers about their local ecosystems. They will also have the opportunity to design their own add-ons to attach to the OpenROV that will help them study things in a new way—such as collecting plankton or mud that they can analyze on our ship or shoreside labs.

Searching for an unknown ship near Alcatraz

San Francisco Bay, Jan 23 to May 5 Take an openROV to the site of a ship that sunk near Alcatraz and ID her

The "Crossing"

The "Crossing", Jan 23 Hui Wa'a o Lana'i the outrigger canoe club organized the crossing of the Auau channel from Lahaina, Maui to Lana'i small boat harbor. The crew members were 6th, 7th & 8th graders. The distance was 21 miles and took them 5 hours.

Search the pike

Jan 22 Discovering a lake in a pit Stone and its fish Fauna.

Louisville Air Quality Stations

Louisville, KY, Jan 6 to Mar 22 We will be deploying a collection of air quality sensor stations in Louisville, KY. These stations measure carbon monoxide and particulates, transmitting the data to the Manylabs servers via the cellular network. The designs, documentation, software, and data will all be open source.

Exploring Brazilian Reefs and sensor testing for Environmental Monitoring

Taipus de Fora, Jan 20 to Feb 8 Can an OpenROV V2.7 be used as a low-cost tool for environmental monitoring? January 26th I will travel from Rio de Janeiro to Barra Grande to do some test dives with my #1654 OpenROV and a YSI Multimeter, Handhold device among the reefs in Taipus de Fora.

Dalmatian Odyssey

Berkeley, CA, Jan 23 to Jun 14 Six-weeks, 900km by sea kayak and the bluest sea on earth!

Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition

Feb 17 I plan to lead an expedition bound for the Antarctic Continent. We will depart England with two ships, crewed by 28 men each, to undertake a trans-continental crossing from the Weddell Sea, through the south pole, to the Ross Sea some 1800 miles distant. Not only the people of these islands, but our kinsmen in all the lands under the Union Jack will be willing to assist towards the carrying out of the programme of exploration.

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

We have just ordered an OpenROV v2.8 kit and accessories. Our plan is to view the live feed through an iPad by modifying the Ethernet signal via this method (<a href="" data-longurl=""></a>), and control the ROV with a Bluetooth game controller (<a href="" data-longurl="">;redirect=true&amp;ref</a>=ohauidetailpageo03_s00). Once we receive our kit, Michael Studivan will begin the build and initial dry testing through December 2015. Starting in 2016, we will do pool checks and eventually, in-water operations at a local coral reef off of Stuart, FL. Check out the embedded video for a description of this local shallow site. We also have two Trident ROVs on pre-order and expect to begin using that platform starting November 2016.

Through the majority of October, students constructed Sea Perch ROVs to familiarize themselves with the process of constructing robots and the technology involved in utilizing them. First, students researched ROV designs and determined whether they wanted to alter the kit design. Then, the construction process began. Students cut and drilled PVC to build the frame, connected the tether cable wires to the motors, waterproofed the motors, mounted the propellers, and assembled the entire control box and circuit board. After construction, students designed a pool competition for the Sea Perch ROVs.

Excitement runs through the girls (and us instructors!) when we take the robot out for its first saltwater testing. For this micro-expedition, we explored the docks and pilings of the Alameda Marina--discovering a surprisingly colorful menagerie of bright orange sponges, ramen-like translucent seaweeds, tiny shrimp-like amphipods--and even a diving cormorant! In addition to recording marine life sightings, girls learned to keep a log of dives with depths and notes on robot performance and maintenance for future reference, since this robot will be traveling back and forth between these OpenROV pilots in California and Hawaii!


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