The importance of underwater video surveys as an exploration tool has been steadily increasing over recent years [1]. Better photographic equipment, more effective sources of illumination, and improved processing techniques - all make video surveying a reliable tool for seafloor habitat mapping, sediment boundary delineation and groundtruthing, mapping and documentation of forensic and archaeological sites. There is a change in attitude towards video surveying that affects the way the data is collected, and hence its quality. Earlier video data processing algorithms had to cope with whatever was recorded (often simultaneously with acquisition of other data, considered to be more important). Now we have a chance to plan ahead and organize a survey in a way most suitable for the processing. The goal of this paper is to review available processing techniques and to discuss preferable survey patterns, associated errors and processing stability.


Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping

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International Conference on Signal and Image Processing (SIP)

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Aug 12 - Aug 14, 2002

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Kauai, HI, USA

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Conference Proceeding