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Voyis empowers Memorial University’s Galápagos Coral Expedition

Mar 2024 | No Comment

Voyis has shared its work with Memorial University of Newfoundland on an extraordinary scientific expedition to the Galápagos Islands funded by Schmidt Ocean Institute, and with the participation of the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galápagos National Park. This initiative, led by Chief Scientist Katleen Robert, represents a groundbreaking effort to explore and document the enigmatic world of cold-water coral ecosystems thriving on the cliffs of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Galápagos Islands, renowned for their unique biodiversity, are home to a multitude of cold-water corals, including those residing in vertical habitats. These deep-dwelling corals, shrouded in mystery due to their inaccessibility, hold vital ecological significance. The expedition, taking place from September 18 to October 19, 2023, is equipped with advanced technology, including Voyis’ Insight Micro laser scanner, to unlock the secrets of these vertical coral reefs.

The heart of this expedition lies in the deployment of the ultra-high-resolution laser scanner, which will create a detailed 3D reconstruction of the coral habitat, including cliff morphology and biological layers. Using the ROV SuBastian as a survey vehicle, the team will map these vertical reefs with unparalleled precision, allowing for the study of organism distribution, biodiversity, coral growth, and the identification of individual species. This digital reconstruction will provide accessible insights for scientists and the public alike.

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