SeaBee Supports the Norwegian Environment Agency with Developing Drone-Based Techniques for Kelp Forest Mapping – the KELPMAP-Vega Project

In mid-August, NIVA researchers set out to undertake SeaBee’s first officially funded assignment from the Norwegian Environment Agency: developing techniques for drone-based mapping of kelp forests. The location was the Vega archipelago. One of the aims was to explore how deep into the water the drone sensors could detect kelp forests. Earlier, SeaBee has successfully mapped benthic habitats, like seagrass and rockweeds, at 5 meters depth, but in Vega the aim was to map marine vegetation down to 10 meters depth.

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