The SEAformatics 'Pod'
EMPOWERING the SEAfloor
The SEAformatics Project, which commenced in 2007, has developed a prototype seabed instrumentation platform designed to monitor the subsea and seabed environment. Originally targeted at applications such as geological imaging and earthquake detection, the system can also be utilized in other marine science, environmental monitoring and security/defence applications. The individual platforms, called ‘SEAformatics’ pods, have an integrated power harvesting system (patent pending) and are able to communicate with each other and to the surface via an acoustic network to facilitate monitoring of the ocean from shore. As part of its original focus on geological imaging and earthquake detection applications, the team has also developed (patent pending) a novel type of fiber optic based 3-D seismometer.