Tuesday, July 18, 2006

SERPENT project

According to its website:

Through close collaboration with key players in the oil and gas industry, the "Scientific and Environmental ROV Partnership using Existing iNdustrial Technology" (SERPENT) project aims to make cutting-edge ROV technology and data more accessible to the world's science community, sharing knowledge and progressing deep-sea research. The programme will interact with science and conservation groups globally and transparently communicate our project to the public to increase the awareness of our fragile marine resources.

SERPENT is a global project hosted by the DEEPSEAS group, in the George Deacon Division GDD of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS) with a network of UK and global partners.

The best part of the website is the gallery of underwater images and videos taken by ROVs in several deepsea locations around the world, such as Norway and Australia. They feature pictures of many weird and wonderful creatures including sea cucumbers, sponges, crustaceans, and fish. Sadly most of the pictures are rather low res (probably taken off a video feed?) but there are a couple of stunning pictures with decent resolution.

Of all the places to receive a tip-off from, I found out about this webpage when browsing the Bad Astronomy webpage. Seems like even 'hard science' people can be seduced by a pretty picture or two....

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