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Purser, Autun; Hehemann, Laura; Boehringer, Lilian; Werner, Ellen; Wenzhöfer, Frank (2021): Ocean Floor Observation and Bathymetry System (OFOBS) seafloor images of the Weddell Sea, Antarctica collected during the PS124 Polarstern expedition. PANGAEA, https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.936205

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Abstract:
During the RV POLARSTERN expedition PS124 to the Weddell Sea during Jan - April 2021 the Ocean Floor Observation and Bathymetry System (OFOBS) was used to collect still and video images, as well as sidescan data, from various locations surveyed during the research cruise.
In this data set ~11,700 seafloor Images from 16 deployments made across the Filchner Shelf, Filchner Sill and Weddell Sea seafloor are presented.
The OFOBS system consisted of 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) as well as an integrated sidescan sonar system. 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 OFOBS during deployments, with additional positioning information provided by the integrated INS and DVL systems.
In automatic mode, a seabed photo, depicting an area of approximately 4-10 m**2, with variations depending on the actual height above ground, was taken every ~15 seconds to obtain series of TIMER stills distributed at regular distances along each of the survey profiles. Profile lengths varied 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, with this spacing being 15 m at 1.5 kt speed. Additional HOTKEY photos were taken from interesting objects (organisms, seabed features, etc) when they appeared in the live video feed.
One minute POSIDONIA position fixes were used in this current data set, so there is some offset of a few 10s of meters for some of the collected images.
Keyword(s):
Antarctica; continental shelf; Continental Slope; Marine Ecology; Sponges; Weddell Sea
Related to:
Hellmer, Hartmut H; Holtappels, Moritz (2021): The Expedition PS124 of the Research Vessel POLARSTERN to the southern Weddell Sea in 2021. Berichte zur Polar- und Meeresforschung = Reports on Polar and Marine Research, 755, 237 pp, https://doi.org/10.48433/BzPM_0755_2021
Coverage:
Median Latitude: -74.891015 * Median Longitude: -32.795392 * South-bound Latitude: -77.203359 * West-bound Longitude: -36.549691 * North-bound Latitude: -48.363172 * East-bound Longitude: -26.663859
Date/Time Start: 2021-02-12T03:37:11 * Date/Time End: 2021-03-12T03:54:13
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  1. Purser, A; Hehemann, L; Boehringer, L et al. (2021): Seabed photographs taken along OFOS profile PS124_8-1 during POLARSTERN cruise PS124. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.936188
  2. Purser, A; Hehemann, L; Boehringer, L et al. (2021): Seabed photographs taken along OFOS profile PS124_16-8 during POLARSTERN cruise PS124. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.936138
  3. Purser, A; Hehemann, L; Boehringer, L et al. (2021): Seabed photographs taken along OFOS profile PS124_26-7 during POLARSTERN cruise PS124. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.936140
  4. Purser, A; Hehemann, L; Boehringer, L et al. (2021): Seabed photographs taken along OFOS profile PS124_30-7 during POLARSTERN cruise PS124. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.936141
  5. Purser, A; Hehemann, L; Boehringer, L et al. (2021): Seabed photographs taken along OFOS profile PS124_33-4 during POLARSTERN cruise PS124. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.936142
  6. Purser, A; Hehemann, L; Boehringer, L et al. (2021): Seabed photographs taken along OFOS profile PS124_37-6 during POLARSTERN cruise PS124. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.936146
  7. Purser, A; Hehemann, L; Boehringer, L et al. (2021): Seabed photographs taken along OFOS profile PS124_45-1 during POLARSTERN cruise PS124. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.936150
  8. Purser, A; Hehemann, L; Boehringer, L et al. (2021): Seabed photographs taken along OFOS profile PS124_46-3 during POLARSTERN cruise PS124. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.936153
  9. Purser, A; Hehemann, L; Boehringer, L et al. (2021): Seabed photographs taken along OFOS profile PS124_47-2 during POLARSTERN cruise PS124. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.936158
  10. Purser, A; Hehemann, L; Boehringer, L et al. (2021): Seabed photographs taken along OFOS profile PS124_54-1 during POLARSTERN cruise PS124. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.936167
  11. Purser, A; Hehemann, L; Boehringer, L et al. (2021): Seabed photographs taken along OFOS profile PS124_68-5 during POLARSTERN cruise PS124. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.936180
  12. Purser, A; Hehemann, L; Boehringer, L et al. (2021): Seabed photographs taken along OFOS profile PS124_72-8 during POLARSTERN cruise PS124. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.936204
  13. Purser, A; Hehemann, L; Boehringer, L et al. (2021): Seabed photographs taken along OFOS profile PS124_78-8 during POLARSTERN cruise PS124. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.936181
  14. Purser, A; Hehemann, L; Boehringer, L et al. (2021): Seabed photographs taken along OFOS profile PS124_90-10 during POLARSTERN cruise PS124. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.936183
  15. Purser, A; Hehemann, L; Boehringer, L et al. (2021): Seabed photographs taken along OFOS profile PS124_94-5 during POLARSTERN cruise PS124. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.936184
  16. Purser, A; Hehemann, L; Boehringer, L et al. (2021): Seabed photographs taken along OFOS profile PS124_107-6 during POLARSTERN cruise PS124. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.936185