SQUID-5 deployment in Tampa Bay
The SQUID-5, or Structure-from-motion (SfM) Quantitative Underwater Imaging Device with 5 cameras, being deployed by Mitch Lemon (SPCMSC, on the left) and Gerry Hatcher (PCMSC, on the right) in Tampa Bay for testing. Developed by USGS scientists and engineers, SQUID-5 is towed behind a boat to capture overlapping high-resolution images of the seafloor with accurate GPS locations which are converted into high-resolution, 3-dimensional models of seafloor structures. This round of testing was conducted in preparation for field work being done in the Florida Keys to measure seafloor erosion and inform stakeholders conducting coral reef restoration. Visible in the background is the iconic St. Pete Pier in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.