Autonomous underwater vehicle–assisted surveying of drowned reefs on the shelf edge of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Article first published online: 3 AUG 2010
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Journal of Field Robotics
Special Issue: Visual Mapping and Navigation Outdoors
Volume 27, Issue 5, pages 675–697, September/October 2010
How to Cite
Williams, S. B., Pizarro, O., Webster, J. M., Beaman, R. J., Mahon, I., Johnson-Roberson, M. and Bridge, T. C. L. (2010), Autonomous underwater vehicle–assisted surveying of drowned reefs on the shelf edge of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. J. Field Robotics, 27: 675–697. doi: 10.1002/rob.20356
- Issue published online: 3 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 3 AUG 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 JUN 2010
- Manuscript Received: 8 MAY 2009
This paper describes the role of the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Sirius on a research cruise to survey drowned reefs along the shelf edge of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia. The primary function of the AUV was to provide georeferenced, high-resolution optical validation of seabed interpretations based on acoustic data. We describe the AUV capabilities and its operation in the context of the multiple systems used in the cruise. The data processing pipeline involved in generating simultaneous localization and mapping–based navigation, large-scale, three-dimensional visualizations, and automated classification of survey data is briefly described. We also present preliminary results illustrating the type of data products possible with our system and how they can inform the science driving the cruise. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.