In 1999, TORI of NARLabs began its long-term imaging observation of the coral reef habitat at Yayo Village, Lanyu Township (Orchid Island). The images were captured from Yayo Village’s cape bay area at 11 meters deep and stored in a database. A live feed (near-real-time) as well as still images are made available through this established image database.
TORI has established a long-term image monitoring system to observe the Yayo Bay coral reef habitat. We have a working relationship with the National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC) of NARLabs to transmit, display, and store the image data.
The first set of coral reef habitat underwater cameras were setup and operational by the end of 2009. Routine equipment maintenance began in 2010. The “Orchid Coral Reef Habitat Monitoring Station” was established within the compounds of Municipal Lanyugaoji Junior High School as a cooperative effort. In addition to equipment operation control, the school also provides steady power for the underwater monitoring system and serves as the relay point for signal conversion and remote access. In this cooperative effort, TORI works with the school to fully realize the educational benefits this live image system has to offer.
In November of 2010, a second set of coral reef habitat underwater cameras were setup. Thus, there are two sets of live images being streamed for processing and storage. More specifically, the data is transmitted via the Chunghwa Telecom microwave transmission system to the academic network of NCHC in Taitung and displayed on the NCHC Taiwan Ecological Video Platform in real-time as well as stored. This live feed is also set to be automatically stored into the TORI Marine Environmental Databank (MED).