CFF's Habitat Mapping Camera (HabCam) is a non-invasive imaging system that produces multiple high-resolution, overlapping stereo images each second. The camera array is towed behind the vessel with a fiber-optic cable and is capable of covering significantly larger survey areas compared to stationary arrays. Along with imagery, the HabCam collects a multitude of environmental information, including, but not limited to estimates of faunal abundance, biodiversity, and species abundance. It allows for the optical characterization of benthic taxa, communities, habitat characterization, and associated substrate. Additionally, integrated oceanographic sensors continuously monitor conductivity, temperature, salinity, and turbidity throughout benthic transects, and can also be used for vertical casts when needed. This allows each image captured to produce a full “snapshot” of the environment and inhabitants of a space in time along each survey route.
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