A regional training workshop focused on using underwater imagery to better understand benthic invertebrate communities, and where applicable, simultaneously sampled fish assemblages
Day 1 (Monday 30 August): 09h00 to 15h30
- Introductory lectures: The benthic environment, the IIOE2 expeditions of 2017 and 2018
- Data collection using benthic camera systems and case studies: an introduction to camera systems, types, research applications, operational modes, the drop and ski-monkey camera system, SCUBA and submersibles
Day 2 (Tuesday 31 August): 09h00 to 15h30
- Data collection using benthic camera systems and case studies continued
- Sampling design: survey design, sample site collection, sample power, the application of GIS, designing an MPA monitoring plan and local case studies
Day 3 (Wednesday 1 September): 09h00 to 15h30
- Data processing and analyses: marine footage annotation techniques, practical considerations and analyses, CPCE, the CATAMI classification scheme, image scaling, considerations for statistical analyses and types of multi-variate data analyses for biological/ image data
- Consolidating imagery data: the value of a multi-disciplinary approach to research, taxonomy and identification, reference collections and taxonomic validation
Day 4 (Thursday 2 September): 09h00 to 15h30
- Using a BRUV system to sample benthos and associated fish communities: experimental design and field sampling, video processing and habitat description
- Data management: data cleaning, archiving and retrieval, reference collections, geo referencing, standardising and publishing data
Day 5 (Friday 3 September): 09h00 to 12h30
- Moving forward and closure: building collaborations, infrastructure requirements and a best practice manual for habitat classification via benthic images.
Note: you will receive a separate link during the workshop for the Day 5 discussion session.
The final confirmed programme for the week will be emailed separately.