Barkley Canyon Observatory Using SubC Cameras


Since 2014, the University of Victoria have been using SubC cameras and Aquorea LEDs for their underwater study in Barkley Canyon.


Cabled observatories create a permanent presence on the deep seafloor allowing for long-term observation of biodiversity and ecosystem function. On May 13, 2014 three humpback whale rib sections, one block of Douglas Fir, and a block of authigenic carbonate were placed at 890m depth of the Barkley Canyon site at Ocean Networks Canada NEPTUNE observatory to monitor changes in the seafloor community.


The footage shown in the Barkley Canyon Time Lapse video is from a newer generation of SubC smart cameras that the University of Victoria upgraded to partway through the project.


Footage from 2014 captured at the Barkley Canyon observatory using a SubC camera

Chosen for their reliability and features, SubC smart cameras and Aquorea LEDs were deployed as part of this scientific experiment. This equipment enabled the researchers to establish large-scale patterns of biodiversity and ecosystem function in areas where there are whale bones.


Read more about the experiment: https://www.oceannetworks.ca/whale-bones-seafloor

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