Thermal Detection Surveys
One of our research specialties is aquatic thermal imaging surveys, using our specialist thermal imaging equipment for species and habitat assessment.
By using thermal imaging we can search for and detect and identify marine mammal and seabird species both day and night, allowing marine mammal and seabird species to be thermally viewed in real time and recorded night and day, providing nocturnal and diurnal occurrence and movements to be detected, recorded and mapped, and behaviour to be observed and recorded.
We have successfully conducted thermal survey for seabirds, seals, whales, and dolphins, including detecting and identifying Maui and Hector's dolphins, two of the smallest and rarest dolphins in the world.
We can also use aquatic thermal imaging to survey surface water temperatures of water bodies and ice environments, providing a means of monitoring fluctuations in temperature which may affect species and the processes within the water and ice environments.
We can deliver thermal imaging surveys from land, sea and air (aircraft and drone). Our aerial drone thermal survey capability, can be launched from land and boat, and provides us with a survey platform to deliver surveys over the sea, along beaches and shorelines, along the faces of cliffs, and over ice.
This allows us firstly to detect and survey seabirds, seals, whales and dolphins at night using thermal imaging, as well as during the day using both our drone's HD video and thermal imaging capability. Our UAV (drone mounted) thermal imaging camera, also allows to record the surface temperature of the water and ice over a wide area which otherwise may prove difficult to access and achieve.
Ocean Life Survey has the proven specialist equipment, methodology, skills, experience and expertise to deliver thermal imaging aquatic field operations, thermal analysis and species identification.
We can deploy anywhere in the world and operate our thermal imaging systems from vessel, land, or air, to deliver thermal detection capability night and day for surveys, monitoring, EIA, and MMO purposes. Please contact us to discuss contracting our thermal imaging surveys.
Thermal Imaging Species Protection Systems
Ocean Life Survey has also been developing designs for vessel based protection systems, to thermally detect and alert a vessel operator, to the presence of marine mammals and seabird activity, at night and during the day. These systems are designed to be tailored to deliver large whale detection and alert to commercial vessels for two main purposes. Firstly, so that they can reduce the risk of whale ship strike risk, and secondly for seal, dolphin, and seabird detection to alert commercial fishing vessels of their presence, in order to help reduce marine mammal and seabird bycatch risk when the vessels are actively fishing.
Ocean Life Survey can also advise on and provide thermal equipment (and operator if required) via arrangement. Please contact us for more details.