Seabed photographs taken along OFOS profiles during POLARSTERN cruise PS101 (ARK-XXX/3)


The Ocean Floor Observation System (OFOS) used during the PS101 cruise to the Karasik Seamount region of the high arctic was a towed underwater camera system equipped with both a high-resolution photo-camera (iSiTEC, CANON EOS 5D Mark III) and a high-definition video-camera (iSiTEC, Sony FCB-H11). The cameras were mounted on a steel frame (140L x 92W x 135H cm), together with two strobe lights (iSiTEC UW-Blitz 250, TTL driven), three laser pointers spaced with a distance of 50 cm used to estimate the size of seafloor structures, four LED lights, and a USBL positioning system (Posidonia) to track the position of the OFOS during deployments. For PS101 the OFOS was upgraded to additionally mount sidescan and forward looking sonar systems. In automatic mode, a seabed photo, depicting an area of approximately 4 m**2, with variations depending on the actual height above ground, was taken every 20 seconds to obtain series of "TIMER" stills distributed at regular distances along the profiles that vary in length depending on duration of the cast. At a ship speed of 0.5 kn, the average distance between seabed images was approximately 5 m. Ship speed was however greatly influenced by ice conditions. Additional "HOTKEY" photos were taken from interesting objects (organisms, seabed features, fissures, vents etc) when they appeared in the live video feed.

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Creator Purser, Autun ORCID logo; Hehemann, Laura ORCID logo; Dreutter, Simon ORCID logo; Boetius, Antje ORCID logo
Publisher PANGAEA
Contributor Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven
Publication Year 2017
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported;
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Resource Type Publication Series of Datasets; Collection
Format application/zip
Size 15 datasets
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (14.234W, 80.027S, 62.072E, 86.983N)
Temporal Coverage Begin 2016-09-11T17:12:08Z
Temporal Coverage End 2016-10-16T12:36:15Z