Biological data extraction from imagery - How far can we go? A case study from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge
|Author(s)||Cuvelier Daphne1, 2, 3, De Busserolles Fanny1, Lavaud Romain1, Floc'h Estelle1, Fabri Marie-Claire1, 4, Sarradin Pierre-Marie1, Sarrazin Jozee1|
|Affiliation(s)||1 : IFREMER, Ctr Brest, Dept Ressources Phys & Ecosyst Fond Mer, Unite Rech EEP,Lab Environm Profond,Inst Carnor E, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
2 : Univ Azores, Inst Mar IMAR, P-9901862 Horta, Portugal.
3 : Univ Azores, Dept Oceanog & Fisheries, P-9901862 Horta, Portugal.
4 : IFREMER, Ctr Mediterranee, Dept Oceanog & Dynam Ecosyst, Lab Environm Ressources, F-83500 La Seyne Sur Mer, France.
|Source||Marine Environmental Research (0141-1136) (Elsevier Sci Ltd), 2012-12 , Vol. 82 , P. 15-27|
|WOS© Times Cited||16|
|Keyword(s)||Hydrothermal vents, Image analyses, Deep ocean, Taxonomic diversity, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Data processing, Benthic ecology|
|Abstract||In the past few decades, hydrothermal vent research has progressed immensely, resulting in higher-quality samples and long-term studies. With time, scientists are becoming more aware of the impacts of sampling on the faunal communities and are looking for less invasive ways to investigate the vent ecosystems. In this perspective, imagery analysis plays a very important role. With this study, we test which factors can be quantitatively and accurately assessed based on imagery, through comparison with faunal sampling. Twelve instrumented chains were deployed on the Atlantic Eiffel Tower hydrothermal edifice and the corresponding study sites were subsequently sampled. Discrete, quantitative samples were compared to the imagery recorded during the experiment. An observer-effect was tested, by comparing imagery data gathered by different scientists. Most factors based on image analyses concerning Bathymodiolus azoricus mussels were shown to be valid representations of the corresponding samples. Additional ecological assets, based exclusively on imagery, were included. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.|